Harmonizing to www.PBS.org/kcts/affluenza, affluenza is: 1- The bloated, sulky and unrealized feeling that consequences from attempts to maintain up with the Mother joness. 2- An epidemic of emphasis, overwork, waste and liability caused by a dour chase of the American Dream. 3- An unsustainable dependence to economic growing. When I saw this picture I was amazed to happen how much we as Americans consume and oftentimes waste. Harmonizing to the picture, last twelvemonth we as Americans used up about one tierce of the universe & A ; acirc ; s resources and produced about half of its risky waste even though we make up merely five per centum of the universe & A ; acirc ; s population. Although I found this fact to be shocking and in fact rather disgustful, I was more fed up when I learned how much advertizers target kids. I believe that it is incorrect and indefensible to publicize to kids for a figure of grounds.
First of wholly, it is incorrect to publicize to kids because they do non hold the ability to separate between demands and wants. I have frequently heard my five twelvemonth old niece say to her ma, & A ; acirc ; I NEED that Barbie Doll! & A ; acirc ; It is non her mistake that she feels this manner ; she is a kid who is easy influenced to believe that she does in fact need this Barbie to be happy and to suit in with her friends. Then, if she does non acquire the Barbie she gets disquieted and asks why she can non hold it when everyone else has it. When her female parent explains that she already has adequate Barbies, she says that they are old and she needs a new 1. Where does she acquire all of these thoughts? From Television! ! ! This is brainsick ; it is brainsick that we are leting aliens ( advertizers ) to speak straight to our kids and even act upon their ideas, something that most parents are making less and less of.
Unfortunately, when kids of a immature age do non acquire what they want or what they feel is necessary for them, they begin to resent their parents. They say things such as, & A ; acirc ; You are non good parents because you dont give me what I need, I wish I had Janes parents because they ever buy her what she needs, etc. etc. Now, this plays on the emotions of the parents as good. Once kids say these things to their parents, parents feel bad and experience guilty that their kids are non happy and so, the parents buy the point ( s ) and the advertizers win! Now, non merely have the advertizers succeeded in act uponing kids, they have influenced the grownups into purchasing the points that they are publicizing.
In many instances parents merely can non afford to purchase their kids all of the things that they want or sometimes even necessitate, but immature kids are largely incapable of understanding this construct. When a kid is watching a Television show, an advertizement comes up for a new plaything and the kid asks for it, but does non have it because his or her parents can non afford it. He or she in bend makes his or her parents experience guilty by shouting or stating average things to the parent. Now, the parent is in a hard place because he or she truly can non afford the merchandise, but the kid can non understand why. He or she can non understand why other childs do hold it and he or she does non. This makes the kid feel either that the parent is lying or that the parent does non work hard plenty. In add-on to doing jobs at place, this state of affairs causes jobs at school. Children signifier coteries based on who has what. Those that have all of the latest apparels and toys become the popular childs while those who do non hold those things get made merriment of. Unfortunately, this phenomenon does non look to stop with childhood ; it continues throughout 1s life.
Harmonizing to Affluenza, companies spent $ 1 billion on marketing their merchandises to immature people in 1995, and I am certain that that figure has risen steadily since so. This must be stopped. It is unjust and morally incorrect for advertizers to aim kids, people who do non to the full have the ability to ground. These kids are easy influenced and are frequently led the incorrect manner by these advertizers. For illustration, in the picture we saw tonss and tonss of advertizements inside schools. I found these advertizements for Mountain Dew, Coca-Cola, Snickers, etc. to be shocking because it is known that so much sugar can do kids really hyper and hence interfere with their acquisition.
Besides, it is known that such drinks and such bites are high in fat, which is another job for kids. Because these images with nice colourss and brassy Sons are presented to these kids all twenty-four hours long, they are funny to cognize what these merchandises are. Children so spend their tiffin money purchasing confect, cocoa and sodium carbonate when they should be purchasing something healthier to eat/drink.
Many times, the schools are non to be blamed for leting such ads to be placed in their schools, and on their coachs. For illustration, in the picture, one school overseer decided to let advertizements in his school to increase school support because electors had non approved a levy in his territory since 1972. In this instance, the overseer is placed in a really hard place because he needs more money in order to run the school. Money is needed to pay instructors, to purchase books, to keep the school, for after school plans, etc. When the electors in the territory ( many of them must be parents of kids go toing that school ) ballot against a revenue enhancement levy, but expect their kids to have a good instruction, the overseer must look elsewhere for the money. He must let advertizers such as Coca-Cola and Snickers to stick on their print ads all over the hallways, in order to acquire more money to run the school. This is such a contradiction to what is being taught in wellness and scientific discipline category. Now, the kids are non merely being influenced to eat and imbibe such merchandises because of the advertizements, they besides doubt the cogency of what is being taught to them in their categories. This seems normal to me because if they are being told non to eat such merchandises because they clog up your arterias, because they make you derive weight, etc. , but so they step out of the schoolroom and see these monolithic print ads which say Drink Pepsi the want Pepsi. Then, a few pess farther down the hallway, they have a peddling machine which sells all of the merchandises that they were merely told were unhealthy. Childs are being sent assorted messages and are finally influenced more by these large corporations, who advertise, so by their instructors and parents.
Although it is apparent that Affluenza has become a large job in our society, the most awful facet of this phenomenon is the impact that it is holding on todays youth. How can we anticipate todays youth to be responsible consumers tomorrow when they are grown up, since they are organizing these unsafe wonts of ingestion from such an early age? As we can see, these wonts are non easy mutable, because if they were, our parents would hold changed their wonts, go more responsible about such issues, and we would hold learned from them every bit good. This seems to be an on-going rhythm which is being passed down from coevals to coevals, and is non near its terminal because there has non been adequate exposure on the subject.