It Smells Like Junk Science, and I Say The Hell With It!
Bill Quick

Here’s Proof Buying More Stuff Actually Makes You Miserable |

Getting things like a new car or 60-inch flat-screen are goals many of us work toward. Unfortunately, these pursuits have the opposite effect we intend: Instead of making us happier, getting more stuff drags us down. In a new paper published in the journal Motivation and Emotion, Knox College psychology professor Tim Kasser shows, through a series of experiments spanning from six months to 12 years, that when people become more materialistic, their emotional well-being takes a dive.

I’m assuming this is just another hoked-up “study” designed to “prove” that people with money are unhappy, and so Barack Obama is a god-king for trying to impoverish us all – for our own good.

I didn’t care enough to read all the way through, so I could be wrong.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


It Smells Like Junk Science, and I Say The Hell With It! — 4 Comments

  1. While I don’t necessarily disagree with you, I think there’s (at least) a grain of truth there. I like buying stuff as much as the next person, but I’ve got most everything I *need* at this point in my life, as well as enough of what I *want* to get by. I got a 39″ TV last year (for the last 9 years I had a pair of 23″) for the first time in my life. I see no need to get a 60″ model, for example. As a geek, it’d be fun to drop another grand or two upgrading my computer even more, but it’s pretty sweet as is now, so at a minimum, putting anything additional into it isn’t going to offer a huge payback (in the TV or computer case, and so on). Feeling the relentless need to always top your current achievements, especially if you’re driven to keep up with the Jones, I could see how that could sap your emotional well-being.