Consumerism And Consumerism

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Register to read the introduction… In fact, America is often the example for other developing nations. The spread of technology and consumerism across the globe will have a much greater impact on lifestyle and, particularly, on the environment. "The difference between consumption as practiced in the industrial world and consumption in the developing world is rather astounding: the one fifth of global population living in the highest-income countries account for 86 percent of private consumption expenditures. The poorest fifth account for a little over 1 percent." [10] "Given high economic growth rates in many parts of the world, as well as the rapid spread of electronic media, advertising, and consumer goods, we must ask what kind of consuming future we can expect in areas that are now constrained by poverty and isolation. If everyone develops a desire for the Western high-consumption lifestyle, the relentless growth in consumption, energy use, waste, and emissions may be disastrous." …show more content…
Others have joined campaigns to shield their families from hyper-commercialism. Some have cut material and resource consumption through a variety of advocacy and technological strategies everything from removing their names from junkmail lists to installing compact fluorescent lightbulbs and super efficient insulation. Thousands of other Americans have followed these paths throughout the home and beyond, connecting with simplicity study groups and sustainable community initiatives. Altogether, it seems that Americans are looking to simplify their lives in order to find true happiness. Seventy-five percent of American workers ages 25 to 49 would like to see a return to a simpler society with less emphasis on material wealth. …show more content…
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