Obsessed with Consumption
Updated: Sep 30, 2021
We live in a society that encourages individuals to obtain as much material possessions as possible. This encouragement often comes from social media, magazines, movies, music, and celebrities—all of which are highly influential. Now, we all are consumers and enjoy
accumulating material possessions and consuming products. So what is the problem with
having a consumer paradigm? The problem with this paradigm is that it can cause a person
to be mentally obsessed with obtaining as much materials as possible to create a feeling of
satisfaction. Obtaining more possessions often provides temporary satisfaction; however, it
seems that the more people consume the less satisfied they feel. In other words, having too many possessions can actually cause a person to feel unsatisfied and desire even more possessions.
Society encourages people to constantly compare themselves with others and to covet
material possessions others may have. This notion can mentally compel people to keep up with the materialistic demands of society. We have all heard of the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses.” However, what does this phrase actually mean? It simply means to be infatuated with other people’s possessions and to desire other people’s possessions. As an example, most of your coworkers at your job drive expensive sport cars. Instead, you drive a modest and affordable vehicle to work daily. You may develop a feeling of envy toward your fellow coworkers and ultimately make a decision to purchase a sports car to fit in. Acquiring materials to impress other people provides temporary gratification. However, it ultimately decreases self-esteem and makes you a slave to society’s materialistic demands.
In conclusion, thinking like a consumer is natural. We all consume products and services.
This, however, does not mean we should use this as an excuse to excessively consume products and services especially if we do not need them or if we are consuming products or services to impress other people who may not like or care about us.