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Defining Affluenza

Posted in books, culture, life by amoslanka on September 13, 2008

The definition of affluenza is something akin to “a painful, contagious, socially-transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”

Definition according to the writers of Affluenze, The All-Consuming Epidemic. In addition, the Amazon.com book review states that

According to figures the authors quote and expound upon, Americans each spend more than $21,000 per year on consumer goods, our average rate of saving has fallen from about 10 percent of our income in 1980 to zero in 2000, our credit card indebtedness tripled in the 1990s, more people are filing for bankruptcy each year than graduate from college, and we spend more for trash bags than 90 of the world’s 210 countries spend for everything.

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