Five Differents Types of Consumption

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Consumption is a complex social phenomenon in which people consume goods or services for reasons beyond their basic use-value (Firat, Kutucuoglue, Arikan Saltik & Tuncel, 2003). Sometime after the industrial revolution, consumer societies emerged around the world. A consumer society is one in which the entire society is organized around the consumption and display of commodities through which individuals gain prestige, identity, and standing. Media as well, has for long been contributing in increasing the level of consumption among people. There is evidence that since the 16th century, visual media such as paintings, print and architecture contributed to the expansion of consumption, a multiplier effect that has increased with the…show more content…
Some researches argue that addictive consumption doesn’t specify with drugs or alcohol but it also include any type of addiction that satisfy psychological urges. The forth type is Compulsive Consumption which is represented by the acts of repeating and over-consuming due to anxiety, depression and boredom of consumers. It is mostly tied with the action of shopping and people of this consumption act are called shopaholics. Serious drawbacks of this type of consumption hit people such as high debts. The last type of consumption is Sacred Consumption. This type of consumption is related with sacred people, places, events and values that people themselves create. Consumers spend on such sacred stuff as they see sacristy on them. An example to that is when people consume to visit Disney Land or Las Vegas or to buy gold in large quantities as it holds a sacred value of staying forever. Consumer societies are ones in which the entire society is organized around the consumption and display of commodities through which individuals gain prestige, identity and standing. Within consumer society, objects are used fast and disposed wastefully. Baudrillard (1998) argues that the consumer society needs its objects in order to exist, and in a way, consumer society needs to destroy its objects. The difference between abundance and absence is the connection to wealth. Thus, it is in destruction that consumption gains
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