An extreme form of materialism in which consumers overwork and accumulate high levels of debt to purchase more goods (affluence + influenza).
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Our society is more troubled by problems of overabundance. We are three times richer than in the 1950s, and diseases particular to "affluenza" clog our social and individual arteries. We are more overworked, more stressed, more depressed and much fatter. ...
Critiques of affluenza go deeper than puritanical dismay at the aggressive vulgarity of materialism. The centrepiece of the argument is that we are obsessed privately with more income and better goods, and collectively with "growth" and "progress". Yet all the scholarly work on well-being shows that after passing a benchmark of real deprivation, greater prosperity does not lead to increased happiness.
— Anne Manne, "Sell Your Soul And Spend, Spend, Spend," Syndey Morning Herald, April 14, 2003
Earliest Citation:
Ann [Beattie] gives readings all over the country. Ann's picture was on the cover of the SoHo Weekly News. Ann gets mail from men in prison who have read her stories and fallen in love with her. And a Boston paper even referred to the people she writes about, usually disenchanted orphans of Affluenza, as The Beattie Generation.
— Tom Shales, "Rough Cuts From Ann," The Washington Post, October 25, 1979
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"The best things in life aren't things"
"You don't own things, they own you"
Why is it when we're children, we can amuse ourselves for hours with dirt, rocks and sticks? If we can slow down, walk more, talk with people and enjoy the simple things we have around us, then there is a chance for happiness.

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  • Affluenza — is a term used by critics of consumerism, a portmanteau of affluence and influenza . Sources define this term as follows::affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the… …   Wikipedia

  • Affluenza — est un terme utilisé par les critiques du consumérisme. C est un néologisme formé de la contraction des mots affluence et influenza. Deux sources donnent une définition : affluenza, n. une douloureuse maladie contagieuse, transmise par la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • affluenza — af‧flu‧en‧za [ˌæfluˈenzə] noun [uncountable] informal feelings of unhappiness that people have when they work too hard, because they are spending all their time trying to get more money and possessions …   Financial and business terms

  • affluenza — /af:lu ɛntsa/ s.f. [dal lat. affluentia, der. di affluĕre affluire ]. 1. [l affluire di un liquido] ▶◀ afflusso. ◀▶ (non com.) defluenza, deflusso. 2. (estens.) a. [il convergere di molte persone in uno stesso luogo, anche con sign. concr.]… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • affluenza — /a floo enˈzə/ noun A malaise said to affect affluent young people, characterized by feelings of guilt and isolation ORIGIN: ↑affluence and ↑influenza …   Useful english dictionary

  • Affluenza — A social condition arising from the desire to be more wealthy, successful or to keep up with the Joneses . Affluenza is symptomatic of a culture that holds up financial success as one of the highest achievements. People said to be affected by… …   Investment dictionary

  • affluenza — af·flu·èn·za s.f. CO 1. afflusso: l affluenza dell acqua; anche fig.: affluenza di beni e servizi 2. fig., concorso di molte persone in un luogo: la mostra ha registrato una buona affluenza di pubblico; l affluenza alle urne è stata alta Sinonimi …   Dizionario italiano

  • Affluenza — Konsumismus (engl. consumerism: übersteigertes Konsumverhalten; auch weitere Bedeutung von consumerism als: Verbraucherschutzbewegung; lat.: consumere: verbrauchen) ist ein seit den 1970er Jahren sich einbürgernder Begriff, der u.a. von Pier… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • affluenza — {{hw}}{{affluenza}}{{/hw}}s. f. 1 L affluire. 2 Concorso di gente: grande affluenza di pubblico …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • affluenza — noun a) A feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, etc, caused by the dogged and ongoing pursuit of more. <!Original defs, which all amount to the same thing b) a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and… …   Wiktionary

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