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  •  Whenever I read a 'consumerism' post... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I wonder how many commenters have an Android, iOS or Windows phone instead of "just a cell phone."

    I wonder how many have upgraded to a "better phone" for no real reason other than that they could do so.

    I wonder how many call themselves "good shoppers" because they patronize Costco instead of Wal-Mart...but still buy stuff they don't need.

    I wonder how many own a tablet or e-reader.

    I wonder how many have paid to upgrade their home Internet access "because they need it to be faster."

    I wonder how many bought something online yesterday or (gasp) Thursday.

    I wonder how many realize that, despite the outrage on these pages, consumerism is not limited to a single Black Friday.

    C'mon, folks - if you're equipped to visit this site from the comfort of your home (or, at least, your own device) on a Saturday afternoon...you've probably failed your own (implied) test.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 01:13:21 PM PST

    •  I have none of the devices mentioned above, (1+ / 0-)
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      including the cell phone, and don't shop at Walmart OR Costco (though if there were a local Costco, I probably would.) I bought nada yesterday or Thursday. But I must admit, my family gave me an upgrade on my Internet access years ago,  and I have since paid to maintain it.

      However, the point really is: do we need or even want what we buy, or do the shiny new toys just bolster our sense of self-esteem? If the "things" don't really make our lives easier or happier, we shouldn't buy them. Period.

      •  Good for you! (0+ / 0-)

        I mean that sincerely.

        You wrote:

        However, the point really is: do we need or even want what we buy, or do the shiny new toys just bolster our sense of self-esteem? If the "things" don't really make our lives easier or happier, we shouldn't buy them. Period.
        Agreed - but preachy, holier-than-thou diaries and all the uprates they receive seem just a wee bit much coming from folks who obviously enjoy the luxuries of smartphones, home electronics/computers and Internet access.

        Do I shop during the Thanksgiving holiday?  Nope.
        Will I blast away at those who do?  Nope.

        The problem of consumerism is 24x7x365 in this country, and there's a whiff of hypocrisy when folks decide to blast away at only one day's example.

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:20:10 PM PST

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        •  You're right; what we do one day a year -- (0+ / 0-)

          or two or three -- doesn't matter compared to how we habitually live our lives, day after day and year after year. But if even a few readers stop and think about where their time and energy and money goes... well, that's a good thing.

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