30 in 30 4: Materialism, Monroe, and Mortality

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30 in 30 4: Materialism, Monroe, and Mortality

Some dads are drive-by moneybags.

Coining "Paternal Investment Theory," Kelly Cowart shows such "Low Involvement" parenting is detrimental.

Outcomes of father-child relationships are determined by engagement, availability, and responsibility. When none are provided, children, on average, have lower sense of security, less respect for women, higher chances of sluttiness, depression, and most importantly, susceptibility to advertising.

"The effects of television advertising on materialism, parent-child conflict, and unhappiness: A review of research," shows that advertising causes three things:

  • Materialism
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Unhappiness

And surprise: they're connected.

Advertising causes materialism. Materialism causes kids to request purchases. Parents reject requests, causing conflict. Conflict causes unhappiness (though insignificantly).

As Tim Kasser relates in "The High Price of Materialism," materialistic values alone cause unhappiness by:

  • Fragile self-worth
  • Low quality relationships
  • Short-term thinking

...culminating in more insecurity. Insecurity causes ineffective coping like compulsive buying and the downward cycle repeats.

Take Marilyn Monroe. She never knew her father and at 15, her mother married an abusive replacement. From no investment to low-investment.

Monroe became a promiscuous model by 18 and a sex symbol by 21. The quintessential material girl, she glamorized Consumerism through Hollywood.

Unfortunately, she earns 45/70 points on TV Tropes' Sorting Algorithm of Mortality. Though objectively successful, she commit suicide at 36. Conspiracists aside, Materialism's poster-child had deadly, deep-seated dissatisfaction.

Takeaway: If you father, chill with your children. If you can't, see how materialistic you are, then rethink your values.