An Alternative View on Consumerism By Lukas Liutkevičius / J.Basanavičius gymnasium

Consumerism has a vital role in improving people‘s lives

Consumerism is really visible in our current lives, it is when products are being manufactured very fast, that way consumers buy in bigger quantities. The reason for that is that the products are much cheaper than the usual price. That being said, it is believed that consumerism has a big role in making people‘s lives much simpler and easier too.

First of all, because of consumerism, people are more free to choose. Consumers can choose their lifestyle and decide what luxuries can be afford. Since products are being manufactured fast, there are a lot of different variations of them. As a consequence, everyone has the will to choose and not strictly stick to one product. If we did not have consumerism, there would not be a lot of variation. This is because manufacturers would have to spend more time and resources so that they could release a product to the public.

As a result of manufacturing products fast and in big quantities, a lot of them are cheaper than usual. The main reason for that is that manufacturers use cheaper materials and can produce a lot more much faster than normally. Even though the final product might not be very high quality, the consumers can save a lot of money by buying cheaper products. Even when a product is cheap, it could still help people in their usual lives with a lot of different tasks. It is often believed that, the better the price, the better the quality of the product. While that may be true, sometimes it is not worth it to buy something that you do not use very frequently. With consumerism, people can save some money when buying different items.

To conclude, it is often thought that consumerism has a bad impact on people’s lives since they buy more items, but there are some good things as well. Because of consumerism, people are much more free to decide what they can buy and even save some money if their decisions are smart.

Teacher: Akvilė Katauskytė – Burokienė

Dangers of Consumerism By Justina Savickytė / Jonas Basanavičius gymnasium

Do you agree that social media has a bad influence on consumer buying habits?

As smartphones got more evolved, new social media platforms were found and since then human‘s purchasing habits have changed tremendously.The convenience of online-shops is undoubted but the impact on consumer‘s finance is questionable. I will present how our decisions are influenced in both positive and negative ways by network.

On the one hand, such platforms as „Instagram“ or „YouTube“ are an ideal place for retailers to promote their products. Thousands of sponsors and celebrity endorsements are made each day without our realization. Hearing amazing aims and compliments about the quality makes that product more appealing instantly. Such strategy leads to purchasing a great deal of unnecessary stuff that we do not end up either using or consuming. Not only it is easy to develop a hoarding addiction and transform your living space into a clutterbut also you will unconsciously spend an enormous amount of money.

On another hand, there are plenty of reviews of a particular product online. Some you tubers and bloggers (representatives of a contemporary profession) make videos or write articles about the benefits and drawbacks of the things you can buy in stores or via internet. By doing research you can not only save your money but also find dupes if you are on a budget and looking for something that fits your wallet. It might be time-consuming at first but definitely worth at the end.

In conclusion, our shopping habits have changed drastically but not only for worse. As some people amass mountains of junk others are more considerate about their choices.

Teacher: Akvilė Katauskytė – Burokienė