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Definition of Affluenza

"Affluenza is a term used to describe a tendency to be consumed by material objects. It is a social condition, the symptoms of which include overconsumption, waste, narcissism, stress, and debt. Affluenza is especially prevalent among young, wealthy, privileged children who, brought up with a sense of entitlement, often lack the drive and foresight needed to contribute meaningfully to society. These wealthy children often accumulate extravagant possessions when they grow up, but even with countless luxuries, they have overwhelming feelings of emptiness and depression. Some people with affluenza spend excessive amounts of time working to pay for the material objects they buy. Others have used the maximum amounts of multiple credit cards and may spend time worrying about monthly, high-interest bills." ...more.

Owen, Melissa-Jo, EdM. "Affluenza." Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2016. EBSCOhost,