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Old 04-13-2014, 06:54 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I don't think France or Spain is materialistic so I agree with that list.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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What does being materialistic mean?

Spirituality, food, sex, drugs, status symbols, family, cars...it's all things. All made of material. All made to satisfy our deepest drives and emotions. All countries are equally materialistic.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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What does being materialistic mean?

Spirituality, food, sex, drugs, status symbols, family, cars...it's all things. All made of material. All made to satisfy our deepest drives and emotions. All countries are equally materialistic.
How materialistic a country is, is usually based on levels of consumption coupled with how important materialistic goods are seen as a measure of self worth or success in a particular society. In this respect not all countries are the same.

Use It and Lose It: The Outsize Effect of U.S. Consumption on the Environment - Scientific American
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:26 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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I don't think France or Spain is materialistic so I agree with that list.
Really?
Maybe before they were more traditional but with globalisation I'm sure they fit the bill.

Also want I've noticed is how Latino (teenagers mainly) are always dressed in designer clothing or expensive looking cloths.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I don't think France or Spain is materialistic so I agree with that list.
Yet a lot of emblems of materialism like high fashion brands are from Paris.
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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What does being materialistic mean?

Spirituality, food, sex, drugs, status symbols, family, cars...it's all things. All made of material. All made to satisfy our deepest drives and emotions. All countries are equally materialistic.
Well more specifically human invented things and status I guess...
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:56 AM
 
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How materialistic a country is, is usually based on levels of consumption coupled with how important materialistic goods are seen as a measure of self worth or success in a particular society. In this respect not all countries are the same.

Use It and Lose It: The Outsize Effect of U.S. Consumption on the Environment - Scientific American
But what I'm saying is that they're all equal. The only difference is what cultures consider to be "status symbols" and materialistic goods. Some people buy expensive jewelry as a status symbol. Others go to Africa to help the poor. In the end, it's all the same thing. Just two sides of the same coin.

If we're talking about "Which country likes to show off their money the most and buy the most expensive stuff to show others?", then I would say Asian countries first (China #1, then Japan, Korea, Thailand etc). After that, Latin America and Russia. After that, USA and lastly Western Europe.

Why is this? Because Western Europe is the area with the most amount of "Old Money". Hence, showing off money is considered low class.

So in your definition of "materialistic", then the ranking would be:

1. Europe (least "materialistic")
2. USA
3. Latin/South America
4. East Asia (most materialistic)

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Old 04-19-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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Yet a lot of emblems of materialism like high fashion brands are from Paris.
Yes but how much French do wear those ? Few, it's seen as lame.. but few brands like Channel which are still quite liked for some reason.
Quite agree with thepastpresentandfuture but Germany is definitely not level1.. but level2.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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But what I'm saying is that they're all equal. The only difference is what cultures consider to be "status symbols" and materialistic goods. Some people buy expensive jewelry as a status symbol. Others go to Africa to help the poor. In the end, it's all the same thing. Just two sides of the same coin.

If we're talking about "Which country likes to show off their money the most and buy the most expensive stuff to show others?", then I would say Asian countries first (China #1, then Japan, Korea, Thailand etc). After that, Latin America and Russia. After that, USA and lastly Western Europe.

Why is this? Because Western Europe is the area with the most amount of "Old Money". Hence, showing off money is considered low class.

So in your definition of "materialistic", then the ranking would be:

1. Europe (least "materialistic")
2. USA
3. Latin/South America
4. East Asia (most materialistic)
USA last, are you kidding me?

It's basically who can buy the big house, marque car, boat, nice toys.etc. Same with Australia. Americans work a lot, and a lot of that goes into that sort of thing. How is that not materialistic?

I'd say the Japanese are generally not ostentatious with their wealthy compared to the Chinese.
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:29 PM
 
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USA last, are you kidding me?

It's basically who can buy the big house, marque car, boat, nice toys.etc. Same with Australia. Americans work a lot, and a lot of that goes into that sort of thing. How is that not materialistic?

I'd say the Japanese are generally not ostentatious with their wealthy compared to the Chinese.
I agree on you on this. When I think about it yea, Americans go nuts in Black Friday. I think Asians are also very materialistic and do buy a lot of overly expensive things even Japanese but I think the Japanese are on a smaller scale than say Chinese, Korean, Thai, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian, etc. I think that Mexicans in the US are the type of people who will spend really nice money on a Nice car, truck, clothes, etc. to show off that they have money even though they really don't. I've seen Koreans and Southeast Asians the same way. You would see a girl who is dressed really nice and sexy, has name brands and everything, but the house needs painting.

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