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Ascencio,  Angelina
U. Palmeno
ENG 101-5120
13 September 2018
Organization and Thesis
Prompt: Why are materialism and loneliness connected together? Are they or are they not? Do people feel the need to fill the void in their lives with material goods? Why is this and how has it gotten to this place?

Materialism is defined as a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values. In today’s society materialism is a very common thing that individuals encounter. Our desire for material goods is not derived from a want or need, but from our inner dissatisfaction. Society, with the help of propaganda, convinces us that being a wealthy person leads to being a happy person. Some individuals still believe that the quality or price of a product as well as how big our salary is still measures how successful we are.
Topic Sentence 1:   Materialism can have negative after effects on many people, and can even affect people’s relationships with one another.
Bidirectional Dynamics of Materialism and Loneliness: Not Just a Vicious Cycle, Set 3:
Quote 1: “People have a basic need for what is variously termed relatedness, human connection, belongingness, or attachment. Experiencing relatedness is rewarding and positively associated with life satisfaction.” (pg. 2). In our society there are people who feel the need to fit in somewhere and somehow. Belonging to a certain group makes them feel like they are a part of something and can make them feel less alone. More than usual these individuals get that satisfaction from material possessions, they all have this or they all have that. They enjoy the feeling of having something that “everyone” has. However this can often have the opposite effect, when they are the person who doesn’t have that object. This can essentially lead to making a person feel even lonelier because they sense that they won’t fit in, therefore making them feel unrelatable and alone.”
Topic Sentence 2: Individuals who are materialistic are often led to feel such negative emotions after the euphoria effect of owning something nice dwindles.
Bidirectional Dynamics of Materialism and Loneliness: Not Just a Vicious Cycle, Set 3:
Quote 2  : “Possession-defined success is the value that material possessions have as a yardstick to determine how well one is doing in life. This subtype involves a social comparison between oneself and others using material possessions.”(pg. 4). In our communities some people look into possessions rather than a job or a degree to measure their success and compare it to others. Some individuals feel the need to be better than others through material possessions. If someone has something nice well they have something better so therefore they are also better. A common mindset like this in our society oftenly leads individuals to feel things like hatred and jealousy. These are usually feelings directed towards someone who threatens their possessions with newer, and better ones.                                                        
Topic Sentence 3: Materialism is especially seen young adults because they constantly feel the need to compete with their friends, which often negatively affects their relationships.
Quote 3: “Easterlin and Crimmins study trends from the late 1960s among American high school seniors and college fresh persons on four private values:(1) materialism, (2) family life, (3) personal self-fulfillment, and (4) personal dedication to the public interest. They find that private materialism has risen sharply,family life slightly, and both personal self-fulfillment and serving the public interest have either declined slightly or hardly changed, depending on the specific question.” (pg. 1). Materialism is a trend, especially active in some young adults lives. These individuals usually compete through material possessions with their peers. This can cause them to drift from social relationships with their family and friends. They rather focus on these possessions and sometimes even feel physical comfort in them, more than with humans. They focus on materialism so much that they don’t have time to focus on other things in their lives which can sometimes cause problems in other aspects of their social lives.  
Topic Sentence 4:  Money is needed to obtain luxuries, it is more common now to see teens with a part time job so that they can afford these material goods without relying on their parents.
Quote 4: “There is no room for initiative, creativity, or even elementary rearrangements. These are breeding grounds for robots working for yesterday’s assembly lines, not tomorrows high-tech posts” (pg. 280). In today’s society most teens are expected to have part-time jobs. Whether it be for them to have spending money for themselves or to help their families financially. The typical reason for a job is so that these young adults can afford the material goods they see “everyone” have. Some individuals think that a part-time job helps these young adults through learning new skills. However a job that is repetitive like this where only basic skills are needed, which most teens already have, can take a negative toll on them rather than a positive one. These jobs breed young adults and teens to have an even more materialistic mindset.

Topic Sentence 5:  Materialism can cause young adults to focus on getting money rather than expanding their education.
Quote 5: “Most teen work these days is not providing early lessons in work ethic; it fosters escape from school and responsibilities, quick gratification and a short cut in the consumerist aspects of adult life” (pg. 282). In today’s society it’s often heard that kids can’t wait to grow up. They want to be grown, do things on their own, buy their own things, and drive their own cars but, in order to do these things more often than not money is needed. The typical way teens get their money is through jobs, which leads them to devote their time to a job and school. School takes up most of their day and aside from that they still get homework and now have a job to go to. Certain individuals can become money hungry and rather focus on their jobs, because getting money can cause some teens to feel grown. However these same teens often forget that school can lead to a better paying job and better opportunities but they rather focus on luxuries.

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