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Transcript of Argumentation Project
allows for happy consumers.
is linked with happiness and success.
Happy Consumerism: Donating to charities Sources: People go bankrupt and have credit card debt: Levine, Madeline. "Privilege: How Materialism Hurts Our Kids." Tikkun (Vol. 22, No. 1). Jan./Feb. 2007: 33+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 04 Dec 2012. Mazur, Laurie Ann. "Enough! Marketing Madness." E Magazine. May/June 1996: 36-41. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 04 Dec 2012. Advertising has significantly increased in the twenty years Affect of advertising is evident in American debt and bankruptcy
The average American owes $2,500 in credit card debt
Almost 900,000 people went bankrupt in 1992. A materialistic mindset like the one consumerism encourages leads to personal debt, bankruptcy, depression, and dissatisfaction. Thus, the world of consumerism is producing an unhealthy and unhappy society. Consumerism negatively affects the psyche: Children who grow up in the upper middle class have the highest levels of emotional problems of any group of kids in this country.
22 percent of girls from affluent families are clinically depressed--that's three times the national rate
Somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of teens from privileged backgrounds have significant psychological symptoms. Schor, Juliet. "Culture of Consuming Devours Our Kids." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 18 Sept. 2004: n. pag. Print. "Happy Consumerism" Can't guarantee money is going to the right place
Not the true meaning of charity Eckersley, Richard. "A New World View Struggles to Emerge." Futurist. Sept./Oct. 2004: 20-24. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 05 Dec 2012. Reversal of Fortune: New World View: 1950 vs. 1991:
Twice as many cars
Drove 2.5 times as far
Used 21 times as much plastic
Traveled 25 times farther by air
Gross National Product tripled
Doubled storage-locker industry National Opinion Research Center:
"Life Satisfaction Index"
1974: 38% Today: 33% Happiness?
$10,000 income per capita
Beyond $10,000 and basic needs
Forbes: Richest Americans and the Pennsylvania Amish
Little House on the Prairie The Overspent America
Disenchanted but still consuming
Financial vs. Philosophical
1960: 40% vs 80%
1990s: 70% vs 40% McKibben, Bill. "Reversal of Fortune." Mother Jones Vol. 32, No. 2. March/April 2007: 32+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 05 Dec 2012. Australian "Luxury Fever"
Australia Institute (2002):
Not able to afford everything really needed: 62%
Spends most money on basic necessities of life: 56%
Australian Unity Wellbeing Index
Able to pay for household essentials: 78%
Able to afford wants: 65% Brooke Nelson and Victoria Huh