Persuasive Essay On Consumer Treadmill

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In today’ society, one’s standard of success is grounded off one’s material possessions. The consumer state of mind is, “we want more, we need more’. The constant push of getting the newest, fastest, shiniest item, along with the mentality of bigger is better, is consistently being pushed as well as feed to every person on a daily basis. These items start to appear as needs in one’s life, when in reality it is a want, which the joy and satisfaction quickly dissipate and the need for more develops. “The process of moving ahead materially without any real gain in satisfaction is often called ‘the treadmill of consumption’” (Roberts 124). According to Robert, society is trapped on this consumer treadmill, but individuals can make the choice to get off the consumer treadmill through retraining ones thought process, gaining appreciation of the simple possessions along with educating the youth about financial responsibility. Behaviors and habits are taught and observed from our earliest years of life, thus shaping one’s perspective, thoughts, and experiences, which means one has the ability to change one’s views and perceptions, thus getting off the consumer treadmill. To break any cycle is first understanding the issue, concern or problem. The problem is the need to keep up the Joneses, which is having the largest house, the expensive car, largest television to name a few. “We may not know our neighbors, but we feel obligated to make sure they know that we’re people of

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