Read Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic* and find out. This book contains some pretty amazing and sobering statistics and stories that call our priorities into question:
“. . . we have more than twice as many shopping centers as high schools.”
I will not go into too many details about the book here, because I don’t want to give anything away. I like to think I have, at worst, a very mild case of affluenza. Even so, this book was helpful as push back against the constant message of buy, buy, buy, consume, consume, consume.
I think the authors will forgive me if I encourage you to check your local public library for the book instead of buying it. If you do have to buy it, pass it on when you’re finished reading.
* By John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor