Consumerism Of The United States

1411 WordsOct 17, 20146 Pages
Every so often… to correct that every day, hour or minute something new comes out. May it be the daily smartphone that aims to fill the already deep pockets of the big CEO’s sitting in their high-rise office, adding to the growing multibillion dollar electronics industry? Or the clothing line from the new designer that everyone hypes about? Consumerism is something that flues the fire, also known as the 21th century disease of materialism. Although an alarming issue everywhere today, I believe none is more precedent that of the United States, a society in its own right whose consumerism is as staggering as it is worrying. Why the United States? Because it is a symbol of the Western society, the consumerism capital. Further this is in conjunction with the generation of today, us the fore-runners of this blind quest for material dominance, within an ever expanding materialistic society. We buy more, receive more, and want more, yet we don’t seem to be any happier, a coloration to consumerism that finds it roots within the American society, the generation of today and its values. More money, more problems? It might just be a fact. Recent statistics reveal that “Americans today, compared to 55 years ago, own twice as many cars and eat out twice as much per person, but we don 't seem to be any happier because of it”(Carolyn Gregoire). Big is best, is the motto of the American culture, a culture that has spread its root to every corner of the globe, especially among the youth of
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