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    Materialism....Is it getting to your family ?

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    papa_umau
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    Materialism....Is it getting to your family ?

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 19 Jun 2013, 11:28 am

    I know that "materialism" has come to be a less-than-correct way to go and yet we now see this trend hitting families up and down the country.

    ReadHEREand find that the Telegraph seems to think that this is the case.

    Cycle of 'compulsive consumerism' leaves British family life in crisis, Unicef study finds.

    British parents are trapping their children in a cycle of "compulsive consumerism" by showering them with toys and designer labels instead of spending quality time with them, a UN report has found.

    Thereport by Unicef, the UN children's agency, warns that materialism has come to dominate family life in Britain as parents "pointlessly" amass goods for their children to compensate for their long working hours.
    While parents said they felt compelled into buying more, the children themselves said spending time with their families made them happier.

    Unicef UK said the obsession was one of the underlying causes of the riots and widespread looting which gripped the UK last month, as teenagers targeted shops for the designer clothes and goods.




    Well folks, what do YOU think ?


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    Re: Materialism....Is it getting to your family ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 20 Jun 2013, 10:56 am

    Yes, to some degree I think you are right, but the ones that spend so much money on materialistic things are either fairly well off or they do it so as to keep up with the Jones's and they don't care if it gets them into serious debt.
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    Post by papa_umau on Fri 21 Jun 2013, 11:30 am

    Yes Zath', "keeping up with the Jones's" is something that is practiced by many of the people who simply cannot afford to do it.

    I have seen how many people who are struggling at the bottom end just to live always find the cash to be able to smoke, drink, gamble and to buy the latest of designer goods for themselves and their family.

    I guess that this is just their way of saying that they are not poor when in fact they are very poor and often in dire-straits with serious debt.


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    Re: Materialism....Is it getting to your family ?

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 22 Jun 2013, 11:43 am

    papa_umau wrote:Yes Zath', "keeping up with the Jones's" is something that is practiced by many of the people who simply cannot afford to do it.

    I have seen how many people who are struggling at the bottom end just to live always find the cash to be able to smoke, drink, gamble and to buy the latest of designer goods for themselves and their family.

    I guess that this is just their way of saying that they are not poor when in fact they are very poor and often in dire-straits with serious debt.
    Yeah Papa, it's about losing face as far as the bottom end of society is concerned and it is just a shame that they are too dumb to realise that they cannot actually afford to even try to keep up with the Jones's.
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    Re: Materialism....Is it getting to your family ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 23 Jun 2013, 11:53 am

    Right on Angie !

    It is about "losing face".

    This used to be a way that only the people from the far East used to run their lives but nowadays the West is practicing the same ethics too.


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