Eat, sleep, and visit the mall ... for tomorrow we die

Survey-based sociology research in Israel and the United States finds a correlation between fear of death and impulsive shopping. The researchers behind these studies think that the connection represents people using materialism as a coping mechanism to deal with death anxiety.

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  1. Ratel says:

    Shops must be really humming in Iraq, then. Or was I supposed to forget that their horror continues unabated?

  2. I use materialism to cope with my fear of not having things.

  3. Alternate theory: Much of our anxiety in life comes from making sure our limited monetary supply is meted properly to ensure comfortable long-term survival. Being constantly bombarded with advertising that leads us to believe that unlimited buying power a-la the lottery winner is the truest form of nirvana. When the x-axis become radically shortened beyond our control, it make the y-axis of expendable income shoot straight up. We are then free to dip our toe in unfettered spending, which we believe will finally open the faux-pearly gates of consumption heaven.

  4. IMB says:

    I never have the impulse to shop in any mall. Does this mean I'm not afraid to die?

  5. This was a major theme in Romero's Dawn of the Dead.

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