If the desire for ever-more material goods is not itself a mental disorder, it is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety and anti-social behavior. According to a series of experiments recently carried out at Northwestern University, when college students are exposed to pictures of luxury goods or words “mobilizing consumerist values”, they rate themselves higher on scales of anxiety and depression. In another experiment, which gave students identical surveys—though one was titled ‘consumer response survey’ and the other ‘citizen survey’—those with the consumer survey responded in ways reflecting materialist values. 

via Is Materialism a Mental Disorder? | IdeaFeed | Big Think.

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