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AffluenzaAffluenza
Are you a victim?
Test your materialism
knowledge!
AffluenzaAffluenza
1. Which of the following is comparable to the
size of a typical three-car garage?
a. A basketball cour...
AffluenzaAffluenza
1. Answer:
D. On average, a three-car garage occupies
900 square feet, which is the average size of
an ...
AffluenzaAffluenza
2. How much time does the average American
spend watching television commercials?
a. 6 months
b. 3 mont...
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2. Answer:
C. In addition, by the age of twenty, the average
American has seen more than one million
di...
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3. True or false? Americans carry $1 billion in
personal debt, not including real estate and
mortgages.
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3. Answer:
False. Americans carry $1 trillion in personal
debt – approximately $4,000 for every
man, wo...
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4. Since 1950, Americans alone have used
more resources than:
a. Everyone who ever lived before them
b....
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4. Answer:
D. All of the above. Since 1950, Americans alone
have used more resources than everyone who ...
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Af-flu-en-za (n):
1. The sluggish, unfulfilled feeling that results
from trying to keep up with what ev...
AffluenzaAffluenza
Are you a victim? Complete this simple
true/false test to find out.
AffluenzaAffluenza
1. I’m willing to pay more for a shirt if it comes
from a specific store or has a specific brand
on it.
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2. There are more than 3000 songs on my
iTunes.
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3. If I’m cold, I would rather turn up the heat
in my house than put on a sweatshirt.
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4. I’m willing to work forty years at a job I
dislike so I can live “comfortably.”
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5. Whenever I’m feeling down, I like to go
shopping or out to eat to treat myself.
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6. I want to drive an S.U.V., although I rarely
drive in conditions that warrant having one.
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7. Most of the things my friends and family
and I enjoy doing together are free.
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8. I only buy things if they are on sale.
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9. It is important to have a cell phone with
music ring-tones.
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10. To get to school, I walk, ride my bike, or
ride the bus.
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11. I never judge people based on what they are
wearing.
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12. I can’t imagine what life was like without
OnDemand, DVR/TiVo, and FaceBook.
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13. It is difficult for me to hang out with my
friends without spending money.
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14. I have more than ten pairs of shoes.
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15. I worry about the effects of advertising on
children.
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• For questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, and 14 give yourself
2 points for every “True” answer, and...
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In a notebook, reflect on the American Affluenza
epidemic and on the results of the quiz you just
took....
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  1. 1. AffluenzaAffluenza Are you a victim? Test your materialism knowledge!
  2. 2. AffluenzaAffluenza 1. Which of the following is comparable to the size of a typical three-car garage? a. A basketball court b. A McDonald’s restaurant c. An RV d. The average home in the 1950s
  3. 3. AffluenzaAffluenza 1. Answer: D. On average, a three-car garage occupies 900 square feet, which is the average size of an entire home in the 1950s. Many people use the extra garage space to store things they own and seldom use.
  4. 4. AffluenzaAffluenza 2. How much time does the average American spend watching television commercials? a. 6 months b. 3 months c. 1 year d. 1.5 years
  5. 5. AffluenzaAffluenza 2. Answer: C. In addition, by the age of twenty, the average American has seen more than one million different commercial messages. Advertising accounts for two-thirds of the space in newspapers and forty percent of our mail. In contrast, Americans on average spend only forty minutes a week playing with their children, and members of working couples talk with one another on average only twelve minutes a day.
  6. 6. AffluenzaAffluenza 3. True or false? Americans carry $1 billion in personal debt, not including real estate and mortgages.
  7. 7. AffluenzaAffluenza 3. Answer: False. Americans carry $1 trillion in personal debt – approximately $4,000 for every man, woman, and child, not including real estate and mortgages. On average, Americans save only four percent of their income. The Japanese average is sixteen percent.
  8. 8. AffluenzaAffluenza 4. Since 1950, Americans alone have used more resources than: a. Everyone who ever lived before them b. The combined third world populations c. The Romans at the height of the Roman Empire d. All of the above
  9. 9. AffluenzaAffluenza 4. Answer: D. All of the above. Since 1950, Americans alone have used more resources than everyone who ever lived before them. Each American uses up to twenty tons of basic raw materials annually. Americans throw away seven million cars a year, two million plastic bottles an hour and enough aluminum cans annually to make six thousand DC-10 airplanes.
  10. 10. AffluenzaAffluenza Af-flu-en-za (n): 1. The sluggish, unfulfilled feeling that results from trying to keep up with what everyone else seems to have. 2. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth and material possessions. 3. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste, and debt in pursuit of having “more.”
  11. 11. AffluenzaAffluenza Are you a victim? Complete this simple true/false test to find out.
  12. 12. AffluenzaAffluenza 1. I’m willing to pay more for a shirt if it comes from a specific store or has a specific brand on it.
  13. 13. AffluenzaAffluenza 2. There are more than 3000 songs on my iTunes.
  14. 14. AffluenzaAffluenza 3. If I’m cold, I would rather turn up the heat in my house than put on a sweatshirt.
  15. 15. AffluenzaAffluenza 4. I’m willing to work forty years at a job I dislike so I can live “comfortably.”
  16. 16. AffluenzaAffluenza 5. Whenever I’m feeling down, I like to go shopping or out to eat to treat myself.
  17. 17. AffluenzaAffluenza 6. I want to drive an S.U.V., although I rarely drive in conditions that warrant having one.
  18. 18. AffluenzaAffluenza 7. Most of the things my friends and family and I enjoy doing together are free.
  19. 19. AffluenzaAffluenza 8. I only buy things if they are on sale.
  20. 20. AffluenzaAffluenza 9. It is important to have a cell phone with music ring-tones.
  21. 21. AffluenzaAffluenza 10. To get to school, I walk, ride my bike, or ride the bus.
  22. 22. AffluenzaAffluenza 11. I never judge people based on what they are wearing.
  23. 23. AffluenzaAffluenza 12. I can’t imagine what life was like without OnDemand, DVR/TiVo, and FaceBook.
  24. 24. AffluenzaAffluenza 13. It is difficult for me to hang out with my friends without spending money.
  25. 25. AffluenzaAffluenza 14. I have more than ten pairs of shoes.
  26. 26. AffluenzaAffluenza 15. I worry about the effects of advertising on children.
  27. 27. AffluenzaAffluenza • For questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, and 14 give yourself 2 points for every “True” answer, and 1 point for every “False” answer. • For questions 7, 8, 10, 11, and 15 give yourself 0 points for every “True” and 2 points for every “False” answer. • If you scored: – 10-15: No dangerous signs of Affluenza at this time. – 16-22: Warning: you suffer from mild Affluenza. – 23-30: Cut up your credit cards and call a doctor!
  28. 28. AffluenzaAffluenza In a notebook, reflect on the American Affluenza epidemic and on the results of the quiz you just took. Questions to consider in your response: – When do you have money to spend? How do you earn the money you spend? – What kinds of things would you save your money for? – How do you differentiate between what you “want” and what you “need”? – Do you buy things only when you need them? – Do you have time to yourself? How do you spend it? – What is your attitude about having material possessions? Is it better to have more or to have less? Why do you feel this way?

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