Wealth and Consumption

Written by Gardner. Assadourian & Sarin

The failure of additional wealth and consumption to help people have satisfying lives may be the most eloquent argument for reevaluating our approach to consumption.

All things considered, are consumers benefiting from the global consumption culture?  Individuals, the important arbiters of this question, might consider the personal costs associated with heavy levels of consumption:  the financial debt, the time and stress associated with working to support high consumption; the time required to clean, upgrade, store, or otherwise maintain possessions; and the ways in which consumption replaces time with family and friends.

Gardner, Assodourian & Sarin, State of the World 2004, pp.18-19.

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