posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 08:57 AM
Here is a staggering statistic I have learned. The average American is advertised too 1500 times a day.
And we wonder why we have spending problems.
it is brainwashing, and it creates an impulse to spend. there are gonna be those who say that people have control over their own actions. But think of
it like this:
If someone told you 1500 times by 1500 different people a day that you were ugly, what are you gonna think?
With the economy, I think Americans are learning that they can do with less.
There is a facinating book called" the Paradox of Choice". where we have so many choices of items that it is actually causing anxiety and
depression. Before you poo poo this, the author explains why.
When you are faced with so many choices, and he makes a point that there are 50 some varieties of ketchup alone. You have to make these decisions
hundreds of times a day. When you are left with so many decisions, you are nagged with a sense of making the wrong one. With so many options,you are
uninformed, you know you are uniformed, so you always have a doubt that you could of chosen something better.
And you deal with this hundreds of times a day. But not just ketchup, there are major decisiions such as buying cars, houses, and retirement plans.
Retirement plans are so complicated now, that people REALLY worry if they chose the right one, since they really are not informed of what the choices
Studies have shown that when the choices are a lot more limited. Such as 3 kinds of ketchup, people are actually a lot more secure with this decision,
since they can easily pick which one fits them.