Junya17’s Blog

{March 30, 2009}   Affluenza


Have you ever heard the expression “keeping up with the Joneses“? The Joneses buy a new car, you buy a new car. The Joneses buy a brand new television you buy a brand new television. The term for this is affluenza, which basically means a stress and an indebtedness to keep up with the American dream. This not only happens in society but it happens in high schools as well. Young people spend their time and energy on keeping up with the latest trends and keeping up with the Joneses. Why do people do this though? What strives us to keep up with the latest thing? Is it a feeling of importance or do we just want to be in style? What makes us want to be like “the Joneses”?

Who are “the Joneses” of society? The rich, the wealthy the popular? In high schools the most popular girls are the Joneses they are who we refer to, to find out what to buy and what to wear. In my opinion this is a social disease. People are addicted to being up to date with the latest trend and with having all the new things, this is unhealthy and unsafe. How do we change this though? Can we really make people think for themselves and buy what is needed not what everyone else has? 

I believe that people should think for themselves.  So to break free from this indebtness to society, families, teenagers and just people in general should think for themselves and not resort to the Joneses telling them what to shop for.  People would be much happier this way.

In conclusion, why keep up with the Joneses when you can keep up with yourself and what you really need? Stop wasting money and time by doing things that everyone else does.  Enjoy your life and just be yourself.


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