13 Apr '12, 12am

Consumerism Leads to Depression, Study Finds

Consumerism Leads to Depression, Study Finds

Consumerism is a key driver in any capitalistic society and the centerpiece to our world economy -- but despite the everyday role it plays in our lives, research suggests that this longing for material goods might actually be bumming us out. According to new a study from Northwestern University , people who place hight value on wealth, status, and material possessions may actually be the most depressed and anti-social among us. In other words, those most prone to trying to buy happiness in the form of stuff are probably more likely to experience an emotion quite the opposite. But it isn't just the greedy consumer sect that's susceptible to materialism blues, says lead researcher Galen V. Bodenhausen ; this applies to pretty much anyone bombarded with messages that trigger the urge to acquire stuff: "We found that irrespective of personality, in situations that activate a c...

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