Essay about Consumerism : Causes And Impacts

1243 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
The United States is one of the most materialistic countries and that is because consumption has become a normal thing in today’s time. However, a few months of bliss is not a valid excuse for the damage consumption causes. The online article “Consumerism: Causes and Impacts.” written by Siddhant Sadangi, discusses the causes of consumerism and the negative impacts consumption has on society. In Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff, she elaborates on how consumption affects the environment. The http://www.verdant.net/society.htm article “Why Overcoming Consumerism?” discusses how consumerism effects society and the environment. Naomi Klein explains how corporations take advantage of and manipulate their consumers. Klein also goes into detail on how America receives low cost products and where they come from in the Discarded Factory chapter in her book No Logo. Consumerism affects the environment and contributes to the mistreatment of workers.
Since this country is fixated on material possessions, it implies that these consumers believe that the more items they own, that happier they will be. However, this perception of stuff has caused consumers to confuse the difference between necessities and luxuries. Siddhant Sadangi states in his online article Consumerism: Causes and Impacts, that “[C]onsumerism is economically manifested in the chronic purchasing of new goods and services, with little attention to their true need, durability, product origin or the environmental consequences…

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