Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Canada
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 12-03-2007, 12:01 PM
 
146 posts, read 453,743 times
Reputation: 92

Advertisements

Are Canadians as obsessed with consumerism, that is, buying stuff just to have it and keep up an image, as Americans are? So many of my friends have in the past few years increased the number of hours they work overtime (voluntary) just to keep up an image of a big McMansion, cars, stuff in general. They don't even know what it means to spend time together as a family. My (somewhat limited) experience in Canada (in the Maritimes) is that families tend to be more close knit, and kids and parents actually spend time together doing activities, like playing music and hiking, etc, not watching TV.

Also, is it my imagination, or is there a much lower disparity of wealth in Canada than the US? It seems that Canada, outside of urban areas, have less super-poor and less super-rich than we have in the US. Is this a misconception?

Thanks for any opinions!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-20-2007, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C
38 posts, read 140,179 times
Reputation: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by sorchamac View Post
Are Canadians as obsessed with consumerism, that is, buying stuff just to have it and keep up an image, as Americans are? So many of my friends have in the past few years increased the number of hours they work overtime (voluntary) just to keep up an image of a big McMansion, cars, stuff in general. They don't even know what it means to spend time together as a family. My (somewhat limited) experience in Canada (in the Maritimes) is that families tend to be more close knit, and kids and parents actually spend time together doing activities, like playing music and hiking, etc, not watching TV.

Also, is it my imagination, or is there a much lower disparity of wealth in Canada than the US? It seems that Canada, outside of urban areas, have less super-poor and less super-rich than we have in the US. Is this a misconception?

Thanks for any opinions!
From what I've seen and read the icome disparity in Canada is not as extreme in Canada. I would say that Canadians in general are a pretty consumeristic bunch. I'm not sure about the maritimes but Vancouver people really like their new import cars, big screen t.v's, and starbucks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-20-2007, 10:32 PM
 
6,304 posts, read 9,012,048 times
Reputation: 8149
From what I've seen in Vancouver, there is quite a big consumer culture.

I'm not sure if one can make a thoroughly generalized statement about it, but it's definitely there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-21-2007, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
1,574 posts, read 5,117,182 times
Reputation: 1520
I've lived in various parts of both countries & the sense of consumerism & the "keeping up with the Joneses" mentality is greater generally in the U.S. (in Canada the term 'mcmansion' is rarely used) ...Although there's a more materialistic way in Vancouver & Toronto than most parts of the U.S. midwest. but there's down-to-earth people, broken families, close-knit families everywhere- but perhaps it's not surprising that in Atlantic Canada life may be a little more simple & laidback
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Canada

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top