Excuse me, sir. Can I ask you a question? Can you tell me why we buy more stuff than we need? Why do we like going shopping, Mr. Jacob?
Wow, that’s a good question. Well, I think that we buy more because it makes us happy. We are happy when we own things.
How many things have you bought today?
I have already bought a watch today, I feel happy but it cost an arm and a leg!
And do you really need a new watch?
Not really. I already have a lot of watches at home, but I just bought another one because it makes me happy. It’s very strange, haha!
Have you already decided what to buy for your sons?
Yes, I’ve already bought him a skateboard and I have bought a football for my daughter. They have been really interested in sports. I killed to birds with one stone!
Excuse me, madam. Have you finished shopping for today, Ms. Anne?
No, I haven’t. I’ve already bought some perfume, but I still need to get a book.
Holy cow! I think that advertising controls our minds. Everyday advertising on TV or the radio sends us messages to buy things, I haven’t really thought about this much, but I know I sometimes buy things I don’t really need. Also, it is maybe because we want to impress other people. We want to show off about our possessions. Monkey see, monkey do!
Can you tell me why you think we buy more stuff than we need?