Friday, January 23, 2009

All Our Stuff

"The United States is the most consumer-oriented society in the world. People work longer hours than in any other industrialized country.” And they have more stuff.

“Despite fewer people per household, the size of houses continues to expand rapidly, with new construction featuring walk-in closets and three- and four-car garages to store record quantities of stuff...."

"The average adult acquires forty-eight new pieces of apparel a year...."

"Americans own more television sets than inhabitants of any other country—nearly one set per person."

Quotes from Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture by Juliet B. Schor

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