Materialism in Society Essay

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It is human nature for people to desire material possessions. Our material yearnings are an attempt to satisfy are need to special and wanted. In a world where most of society defines "socially acceptable" as the material possessions one owns such as, the latest clothing, the biggest house, or the fastest car one comes to believe that you need all of these things to be viewed as a part of society. For many, work has taken over community life and has had a major effect on happiness. Advertising has also become a primary determinant of our satisfaction, and is only a small part of a larger materialistic culture in which we are not only enticed customers but also prominent consumers. We have been beguiled into believing that material …show more content…
Some of the possessions I have show me for what I want to be, but not for who I really am. My cell phone, for instance, describes me in many ways. It shows that I am very talkative, professional, can afford expensive phones and accessories, and that I like to stay in touch with family and friends. I have come to rely heavily on my cell phone and I just recently up-graded from a Razor to the new Envy phone from Verizon. I got the up-grade even though my razor was in perfect condition and barely a year-old. It still amazes me how I just had to have this phone. I saw the commercial advertizing it as the latest and best phone out. It displayed all of the new features that came with the phone and the new billing plans that came exclusively with this phone. I wanted to be one of the first to own it so I went that same day and paid an extremely high fee to up-grade my phone and my billing plan. I was so happy that I bought a clear, plastic, hard shell case and the most expensive Bluetooth Verizon had.
However, my car on the other hand describes my adventurous and outgoing personality. I like to travel to different places and for people to see and admire my car. I want people to view my car and wonder who is driving that. I want to be the guy that advertisers display, the one who gets the really attractive model, the sex appeal, and the overall swagger. I have found that I am a showoff and I really don’t like it.
Having come to college I