Industry’s impact on over and under consumers

My take away from this week was really eye opening for me. I always knew we, as people, were attracted to new things, but I never actually REALLY processed it. Not even just in the fashion industry, every industry does it. The new iPhone, the new refrigerator, and everything in between. New shiny things just grab our attention and we let certain industries take advantage of us because of this flaw that is wired in us.

Its sad that all we care about is whats new? and who had the most expensive car, or shoes, or dress. It definitely is something that happens to every single one of us; even if we don’t care to admit it. Its an endless cycle. And the worst part is that all these “old” things just go in the trash. When there are OBVIOUSLY people who need just any clothes at all, and yet we can’t do our best to even recycle to others???

For our readings over poverty I do agree about the conversations stating that, poverty, is a social thing. ¬†And it is a competition among the people and communities around you or yours. I remember my first year seminar teacher asking us is we would rather have an income of $50,000 a year and everyone else around us make $20,000 a year OR make $100,000 a year and everyone else around us make $200,000 a year. Now, while my choice was to make $100k a year apparently thats not the case for most. Because the competition to be better and have nicer houses and cars and better everything than Stacy or Bill is so big, most everyone choose to make $50,000 a year. That was really crazy to me but at the same time, I wasn’t surprised once I actually thought about it and then about other peoples actual actions.

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