Consumption. It's vital for survival, correct? But when does consumption turn into gluttony? Where do you draw the line of what you need, to what you want. I once heard a song with the lyrics "how much money do you need to give yourself the sense of security?"
I have no problem with what some people consider to be the American Dream: good job, beautiful family, and a nice house to raise your kids in. Pretty fucking rad that through hard work and diligence, one can achieve something. No matter how corrupt their municipal, and federal, government may be. Because I'm sure most people in this world aren't able to fathom such a thing. But the endless commercials, billboards, and Facebook ads that we see seemingly feel like you're being fed bullshit on a nonstop basis.
The internet serves as the most powerful tool as far as exchanging information in a world that only moves faster by the day. But even through most media outlets, you find widgets with advertising from cooperate USA pushing products that you may, or may not, necessarily need.
How many times have you been sucked into a black hole through Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter, just to constantly see adds for movies or concerts?
"Oh what's this? You recently looked up kitchenaid mixers on Amazon? Here's a quick recap of the data we've been tracking you with."
Kind of creepy right? Kind of makes it seem like maybe someone doesn't have your best interest at heart. Kind of seems like they'd do anything to convince you to buy their stuff. Like When you see your favorite band drinking monster at Warped Tour. But it's in fact water, packaged in a monster energy can. Seems a little bit fucky, wouldn't you say?
How do you fix this? Buy shit you'd support. Bottom line is that we live in a consumer culture, and you have to make the conscious decision of where you would feel safe spending your (or someone else's) cash. It's not a bad thing that you shop at target, hell, they have some cool shit. But when it comes to day to day interaction, don't bury your head into a phone, distracted by the constant bombardment of bullshit that will forever be fed to not only you, but to generations to come.