Negative Effects of Consumerism Essay

1771 Words Mar 20th, 2011 8 Pages
Negative Effects of Consumerism on North American Society

Consumerism is damaging to our society, in our North American society consumerism is often portrayed to be a negative aspect of people’s lives. However, one can also argue positive effects that result from consumerism, or emphasize on the negative effects of consumerism and how it can be a constraining force in one’s own life. Consumerism is an idea of an economic policy that the market is shaped by the choice of the consumer and continues to emerge to shape the world’s mass markets. Some of the negative effects of consumerism that many critics may argue and that will be further emphasized on are the overexploitation of consumerism which has lead to economic poverty, and increase
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Therefore, move the issue elsewhere to save cost and find a short term solution to makes sense in a capitalist society. As a result we see wealthier nations have cleaner air and water compared to poorer countries that are facing more pollution, even so the poorer countries only consume a fraction of what wealthier nations consume. According to Robbins (1999), “wealthier countries already ship 20 million tons of waste annually to less developed countries around the world”. Thus the poorer countries once again are paying the price for the consumption of the wealthier nations (Robbins, 1999).
Lastly, will look upon the effects of consumerism, not only on does it effect society but also one’s own life. According to many sociologist materialism is one of the end results of consumerism, materialism is the dominating desire to pursue wealth and other material things that provide physical comfort and ignores the importance of spiritual values. Personal satisfaction and greed are the most important aspects of life in a society driven by materialism, thus resulting in people forgetting their moral values and failing to realize the difference between right and wrong. The only thing that matters is the false comforts and a good quality life. With the never ending pursuit to find fulfillment and happiness in material things but with the realization that it only brings discontentment (Kaza, 2000).

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