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Sheila M. Vélez Loucil
Consumerism- is a social and
economic order that encourages
the purchase of goods and
services in ever-greater
The theory that a country that
consumes goods and services in
large quantities will be better
off economically.
Consumerism for example, is
an industrial society that is
advanced; a large amount of
goods is bought and sold
Emotional have been
described as discrete and
consistent responses to
internal or external events
which have a particular
significance for the organism.
Emotions are brief in duration
and consist of a coordinated
set of responses, which may
include verbal, physiological,
behavioral, and neural
Emotion is often associated
and considered reciprocally
influential with mood,
temperament, personality,
disposition, and motivation.
Consumerism is becoming the hallmark of most world
A cultural pattern of using purchased goods to satisfy
wants and to mark social status, personal worth and
group identity.
Companies and businesses create choices in consumers
so consumers already have a ‘need’ when they engage
in buying behavior.
Although this need could be personal and social, the
need could also perfectly an emotional need to possess.
A person’s standard of living is
valued by his or her material
Puerto Rico has a consumer
economy and is known for its
material growth and prosperity.
But presently, the economy is
reeling under the pressure of
recession. People who have lost
their jobs are finding it difficult
to meet both their ends.
The incessant pressure to acquire
material goods can result in negative
effect: emotional disadvantages of
There are certain effects such as low
self esteem and loss of self
confidence, approval dependent on
possessions and status rather than on
personal values, preoccupation with
externals and habituation for more
The material wealth is the deciding
factor about whether a society is
highly developed or not.
Craving for goods is high.
The wants and desires of the
people increase.
The better their income, the
better their purchasing
But in case, they are not
able to do so, and then they
feel dissatisfied. One is in a
race to earn more and is
forced to cope up with stress
and other work related
Crime rate also increases as
wants to possess expensive
gadgets increase: thefts and
robberies take place.
Personal relationships also get
affected as people are busy
trying to earn more to maintain
their standard of living.
Consumerism has also resulted in ecological
imbalances. The natural habitat is being
destroyed to create more goods and build
more buildings.
Industrial pollution is affecting people in
many ways.
People lifestyles have also changed in the
sense they are more lavish, full of material
comforts rather than focusing on simplicity.
Psychological health also can get affected if
one’s desires are not meant such as
Friendship, family ties
and personal
autonomy are only
promoted as a vehicle
for gift giving and the
rationale for the
selection of
services and personal
Everything becomes
mediated through the
spending of money on
goods and services.
Consumerism interferes with
the workings of society by
replacing the normal
common-sense desire for an
adequate supply of life's
necessities, community life, a
stable family and healthy
relationships with an artificial
ongoing and insatiable quest
for things and the money to
buy them with little regard
for the true utility of what is