A native to Chandigarh, Shebella Sandhu, who aspires to become a bureaucrat, is an active NSS volunteer. She’s an avid reader and a poetry writer too.
Materialism is the attitude of someone who attaches a lot of importance to money and wants topossess a lot of material things.This feeling of materialism at a smaller extent be a catalyst to drive a person towards successbut when it becomes the motivating factor than a catalyst then problems arise. We need to workon a goal that is bigger than just being on the rich list and if our aim is limited to material goalsthen we tend to depressionThis thought of materialism is now more affecting the teenagers of our country. One of the majorreasons for this is the extensive use of social media by the teenagers. They are often exposedto the flashy accounts of these platforms who try to showcase a rich lifestyle and the teensbeing in a nurturing side of personality development are often mesmarized by this lifestyle.Materialism forces us into comparison with the possessions of others, a race both cruellyillustrated and crudely propelled by these toxic platforms . There is no end to it. If we have fourRolexes while another has five, we are a Rolex short of contentment. The material pursuit ofself-esteem reduces your self-esteem.In one study, the researchers tested a group of 18-year-olds, then re-tested them 12 years later.They were asked to rank the importance of different goals – jobs, money and status on oneside, and self-acceptance, fellow feeling and belonging on the other. They were then given astandard diagnostic test to identify mental health problems. At the ages of both 18 and 30,materialistic people were more susceptible to disorders. But if in that period they became lessmaterialistic, they became happier.This is the dreadful mistake teenagers often make: allowing themselves to believe that havingmore money and more stuff enhances wellbeing, a belief possessed not only by those poordeluded people in the pictures, but by almost every member of almost every government.Worldly ambition, material aspiration, perpetual growth: these are a formula for massunhappiness.Materialism among teenagers is an alarming condition because at this age the personalitydevelops. If materialism is induced in the personality at such a young age then honesty , hardwork are attributes that fade away.