Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic is a anti-consumerist book by John de Graaf, environmental scientist David Wann, and economist Thomas H. Affluenza has ratings and reviews. Dave said: Let’s begin with the end. The very end. When your time comes and your whole life flashes before. Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, “”Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious.

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As someone who’s been thinking about these issues for a long time, the book felt more like a righteous snobfest than something that really expanded my knowledge and understanding of affluence-related problems. While simplifying and cutting out unnecessary consumerism is a good thing, being stressed out about how you’re doing in the grand scheme of things can be just as dangerous as overconsumption.

The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success such as the Gross Domestic Happiness indexand offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf

Nov 26, Sandra Strange rated it really liked it Shelves: I kept getting distracted by their name-dropping and finger-pointing. Pepper so they afluenza sell more drinks and make more money. I would get excited every time the authors th seem to start talking about the psychology of consumption, but this was always just a setup for some clever I’m interested in the concepts of consumerism and materialism, so I really wanted to enjoy this book and was drawn in by the title and cover art.

I felt the authors took extreme examples like couples that would fly somewhere for a weekend for the sole purpose of shopping at a particular place, where they spend thousands of dollars in one weekend and projected affluemza as normal American society.

Jun 16, Monica rated it liked it.

Sep 02, Serena rated it liked it. Common terms and phrases addicted advertising affluenza Age of Affluenza asked average become called cancer Celente chemicals Cindy Adams coffee commercial communities consumer consumption costs credit card culture Dave David debt disease Donella Meadows DotComGuy drive economist example feel friends garage half human income increased industrial infected Internet Juliet Schor Tue kids lifestyle lives look Machiguenga mall Mall of America Maslow material McMansions Merck Family Meyer Friedman million Americans never parents parking Patient Zero percent of American pesticides pollution poor Potomac Mills psychologist recent rich Richard Swenson says Schor scientists Scott Simon sell shoppers social society species spend square feet stuff symptoms television Terry Tempest Eepidemic there’s things U.


Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

Fascinating, important information, right? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I can think of a few people and I’m related to them who could stand to take a peek in I skimmed more than read this book epiddmic it wasn’t quite what I expected nor did it offer what I was hoping for. It’s funny but many of their tips have been found to be environmentally unsound- such as flourescent lightbulbs which are known to contain mercury and other harmful and even carcinogenic chemicals.

This book is an interesting amalgamation of facts, studies and inferences that really don’t add up to make a cohesive read. It is deeply disturbing that such a tome of complete indoctrination is being passed off as a textbook in our schools. Jun 16, Cameron rated it did not like it. Jun 09, Tamra rated it it was ok Recommends it for: It reads like a used-car sales pitch or an infomercial with an agenda rather than a serious treatment of a serious issue.

Secondly, the book did not teach me much about consumerism- I could have learned more from perusing the Wikipedia page on “Consumerism. WTH does it add to the discussion? Obviously a book requires a lot more material than a documentary. I’m exhausted, I go to sleep, I wake up and this routine begins all over again.

The authors of Affluenza have it right. The style is accessible and the details revealing. Don’t let the tone fool you. It’s a glaring exception.

Maybe that’s not all bad, and the authors do mention that we need to be sure that our attempts have a high functional load, so we’re not worrying ourselves sick over things that don’t actually help much.

Kelly is currently reading it Aug 23, Maybe he will be able to buy affluena 10, sq ft beachfront mansion. Perhaps one good thing to come out of the recession will be that books like this will become curiosities of a bygone age, describing a condition that no longer exists. I can think of a few people and I’m related to them who could stand to take a peek in here, though, especially when the most crazed consumer time of year is almost upon us again for me it seems to start at Halloween and goes right through Valentine’s Day.


I would get excited every time the authors would seem to start talking about the psychology of consumption, but this was always just a setup for some clever wordplay or a random anecdote.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic – John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor – Google Books

You’ll see many others in my current or recent reading list. A little too preachy. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This book is based on two PBS documentaries.

To ask other readers questions about Affluenzaplease sign up. I have no idea affluneza the spiritual life of De Graff, Wann, and Naylor looks like. Or, at least the parts that I liked were excellent. Susan Morton rated it really liked it Mar 15, We tried to warn you! Excellent points, great information, and it really inspired me to want to change. Perhaps they are Christians, or maybe not. Thanks all-consuminh telling us about the problem.

It’s a noble cause, but personally, I’m more motivated to save my bank balance than the world.

Less caught up in the Affluenza. This book affleunza its subject matter a real disservice. In fact, it was so painful that I skipped about pages, right in the middle of the book.

And yes, that’s meant to be ironic. Lists with This Book.

Great for couples, Kenny and I have had many talks about how we epidemkc cut back, find more time for the family and give in less to the machine called ” Kee If you want a book that changes your entire outlook on a daily trip to the super market or mall this is it.

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