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We live in a world, which is growing very fast with its new technologies and developments. One of the fast growing trends of today’s world is consumerism. Analyze as to how consumerism affects the society?

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6. We live in a world, which is growing very fast with its new technologies and developments. One of the fast growing trends of today’s world is consumerism. Analyze as to how consumerism affects the society? (150 words)

Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about growing consumerism in the society and the impact of it.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by giving an apt definition of consumerism.

Body:

Write about how the consumerism is on the rise and mention its manifestation on the contemporary society.

In the next part, mention certain positive aspects of consumerism like – more demand, economic growth, and prosperity.

In the final part, write about how Consumerism interferes with the working of society, by replacing the normal common sense desire for an adequate supply of life’s necessities, relationships with an artificial ongoing and the money to buy them with little regard for the utility of what is bought. Bring out the economic, environmental and ethical costs of consumerism. Substantiate with examples.

Conclusion:

Write ways in which you could avoid excessive indulgence in consumerism. You can mention the quote by Mahatma Gandhi “There is sufficient on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed”

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