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Do promotions make consumers more generous?
Price promotions can have a positive effect on consumers' donation behavior because the monetary savings from price promotions increase consumers' perceived resources. (2021-01-22)

How your romantic attachment style affects your finances, well-being
Attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance can both have negative consequences for well-being due, at least in part, to financial reasons, University of Arizona researchers found. (2020-02-25)

Buy less, be happier and build a healthy planet
You may feel like you can't do anything to stop climate change. But climate activists who joined in grassroots movements managed to cut their carbon footprints and were still happier than their non-activist peers, new research shows. (2019-11-22)

How religion can heighten or help with financial stress
Researchers found that some people experience financial stress due, in part, to their religion's demands on their time and money. Yet, others feel their religious involvement and support of their church community reduces their financial stress. (2019-11-18)

Buying less is better than buying 'green' -- for the planet and your happiness
A University of Arizona-led study found that people who consume less are happier than those who engage in other pro-environmental consumer behaviors, like buying environmentally friendly products. (2019-10-08)

Wealth can lead to more satisfying life if viewed as a sign of success vs. happiness
A new study featuring researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York found that viewing wealth and material possessions as a sign of success yields significantly better results to life satisfaction than viewing wealth and possessions as a sign of happiness. (2019-09-03)

Your spending data may reveal aspects of your personality
How you spend your money can signal aspects of your personality, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Analyses of over 2 million spending records from more than 2,000 individuals indicate that when people spend money in certain categories, this can be used to infer certain personality traits, such as how materialistic they are or how much self-control they tend to have. (2019-07-17)

How to avoid raising a materialistic child
If you're a parent, you may be concerned that materialism among children has been on the rise. But there's some good news. A new study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology suggests that some parenting tactics can curb kids' materialistic tendencies. (2018-10-19)

Baylor study: When 'religiosity' competes with materialism, charitable giving takes a hit
Religious people tend to be more charitable than their nonreligious counterparts, but they'll think twice about opening their wallets if it prolongs their next big purchase, according to new research from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business. (2018-08-21)

Nature programmes could put a spring in your step
A new study shows that watching films set in a natural environment boosts body image. (2018-06-18)

Cave art and painted shells suggest neanderthals were artists, understood symbolism
Neanderthals were artists, according to a new study in Science, which reveals that the oldest cave art found in Europe predates early modern humans by at least 20,000 years, and so must have had Neanderthal origin. (2018-02-22)

Can't buy me love: Materialism in marriage linked to devaluation of marriage
Researchers in BYU's School of Family Life have provided more insight into what may be one of the roots of the dissatisfaction caused by materialism -- a diminished view of the importance of marriage itself.  (2018-02-13)

When friends become objects
Why do people use social media? Striving to answer this question, social psychologists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have conducted a survey with more than 500 Facebook users with regard to their personality structure and the way they use the platform. Based on the results, they have developed the first comprehensive theory of social media usage. According to that theory, self-regulation is the key: we use Facebook in a way that makes us feel good and hope to attain our objectives. (2017-11-23)

Materialists collect Facebook friends and spend more time on social media
If you're materialistic, you're likely to use Facebook more frequently and intensely. A new paper in Heliyon reveals that materialistic people see and treat their Facebook friends as 'digital objects,' and have significantly more friends than people who are less interested in possessions. It also shows that materialists have a greater need to compare themselves with others on Facebook. (2017-11-20)

New research provides methods to combat holiday excess
An American University Kogod School of Business Professor researched the transformative potential of applying mindfulness to consumerism. The research found many positive outcomes are achieve able when consumers choose their response rather than react blindly or habitually. (2016-12-13)

'Culture of affluence' complicates women's help-seeking for domestic violence
Cultural values in affluent communities -- keeping problems private, materialism, perfectionism, limited access to the couple's wealth and quality legal representation -- discourage affluent women from leaving partners who abuse them. (2016-10-03)

Focus on future to save more money
When it comes to personal finances, impulsiveness and materialism can lead to bad decisions and a failure to save enough, but research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association suggests that when people focus more on the future, they tend to be less impulsive, regardless of their level of financial literacy. (2016-08-04)

'Demarketing': What makes consumers more or less materialistic?
If you read a report whose message was that people consume too much, would you then be likely to curb your own consumption? In some cases yes, says a new study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. According to the study, people who place a high value on materialism are likely to reduce their consumption after reading such a report. (2015-09-23)

Pressure to be cool and look good is detrimental to many children
The pressure to be cool, look good and own the 'right stuff' is detrimental to many children and teenagers, according to new research by University of Sussex psychologists. (2015-09-11)

Defined by your possessions? How loving parents unintentionally foster materialism in their children
Can loving and supportive parents unintentionally encourage their children to define their self-worth through possessions? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, children who receive more material rewards from their parents grow up to be more materialistic as adults. (2015-03-04)

Words used in Chinese books illuminate how a nation's values changed during reforms
Individualistic values have been rising in China as the country has undergone rapid economic and social change, researchers report. (2015-02-18)

Magnum opus: 'The Government of Things: Foundations and Perspectives of New Materialism'
Frankfurt Professor of Sociology, Thomas Lemke, has received funding from the Volkswagen Foundation for his 'Magnum Opus.' For the 51-year old scientist, who has dedicated himself to the subject of 'Biotechnology, Nature and Society' for many years, this means 18 months of freedom to devote himself solely to a larger scientific work. The working title: 'The Government of Things: Foundations and Perspectives of New Materialism.' (2015-02-05)

Certain parenting tactics could lead to materialistic attitudes in adulthood
A new study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that parents who use material goods as part of their parenting techniques may be setting children up for difficulties later in adulthood. (2014-12-16)

Happier consumers can lead to healthier environment, research reveals
The pursuit of true happiness can lead people to lifestyles that will not only be satisfying but will be better for the environment, according to an overview of psychological research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention. (2014-08-09)

High-status co-eds use 'slut discourse' to assert class advantage
A new study suggests that high-status female college students employ 'slut discourse' -- defining their styles of femininity and approaches to sexuality as classy rather than trashy or slutty -- to assert class advantage and put themselves in a position where they can enjoy sexual exploration with few social consequences. (2014-05-28)

Gratitude, not 'gimme,' makes for more satisfaction, Baylor University study finds
People who are materialistic are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied, in part because they find it harder to be grateful for what they have, according to a study by Baylor University psychology and business researchers. (2014-03-31)

Wealthy neighborhoods fuel materialistic desires, study says
Living in a wealthy neighborhood could fuel feelings of materialism and compulsive spending, according to new research from San Francisco State University. Those living in affluent areas report more materialistic values and poorer spending habits than those in less well-off areas, particularly if they are young, city dwellers or relatively poor compared with their surroundings. Researchers believe the behavior stems from a desire to project a level of wealth that matches one's surroundings. (2014-02-13)

Research: Materialism makes bad events even worse
Materialism makes negative outcomes even worse, according to research co-written by Aric Rindfleisch, the John M. Jones Professor of Marketing in the College of Business. (2013-11-25)

When the going gets tough, the materialistic go shopping
Materialistic people experience more stress from traumatic events such as terrorist attacks and are more likely to spend compulsively as a result, according to an international study led by a Michigan State University business professor. (2013-09-25)

Does entering the lottery affect consumers' self-control?
A simple action like buying a lottery ticket can trigger materialistic thoughts, which cause consumers to lose self-control, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-09-10)

Why shopaholics overspend? Poor credit management, buying to boost mood, study says
Why do shopping addicts keep spending even in the face of harmful financial, emotional and social consequences? A new study suggests poor credit management and a belief that new purchases will create a happier life fuel compulsive buying. (2013-08-01)

Materialism and loneliness: Is there really a vicious cycle?
Despite being much-maligned, materialism is not always bad for consumers. Loneliness may cause materialism, but the opposite is not necessarily true, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-07-26)

Recession led teens to focus more on social problems, environment, psychologists report
During the Great Recession, high school students became more concerned about others and the environment, psychologists at UCLA and SDSU report. (2013-07-11)

Recession led teens to focus on social problems and the environment
During the Great Recession, high school students became more concerned about others and the environment, psychologists at San Diego State University and University of California, Los Angeles report today. (2013-07-11)

Study shows growing gap between teens' materialism and desire to work hard
Research by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge shows a growing gap between materialism and the desire to work hard in young people today. Researchers studied results of surveys of 355,000 US high school seniors from 1976 to 2007, examining the materialistic values of three generations with questions focused on the perceived importance of having a lot of money and material goods, as well as the willingness to work hard. (2013-05-01)

When wanting is more important than having: Will that new car really make you happy?
Materialistic consumers may derive more pleasure from desiring products than they do from actually owning them, and are willing to overspend and go into debt because they believe that future purchases will transform their lives, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-01-15)

How does family life influence consumer response to television advertising?
Family interaction and everyday activity strongly influence how television advertisements are experienced and interpreted at home, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-01-15)

Cell phone addiction similar to compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to Baylor study
Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. (2012-11-28)

Churches overlook women as donors, despite their growing wealth in US, Baylor scholar finds
Many churches are missing opportunities to involve Christian women in philanthropy, with ministry leaders too often speaking (2012-06-13)

Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on -- or off
Money doesn't buy happiness. Neither does materialism: research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It's also environmental. (2012-04-09)

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