In many countries, people increasingly talk about money in their daily conversations – how much they earn or how much they paid for things. Why is this the case and is this a positive or negative development?
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In recent years, money has become increasingly ubiquitous in everyday conversations. This can be attributed to the rise of materialism and I consider this phenomenon an undesirable development.
Perhaps, materialism is the underlying cause of this trend. The spread of western popular culture has led to the widely-held belief that money is the most practical measure of success. The depiction of a glamorous lifestyle in American movies and music videos has enticed their massive fanbases into wealth acquisition. It is not unusual for people to equate their economic status and self-worth with the value of their material possessions such as fancy houses and cars. For instance, a large number of young people in Vietnam have become more actively engaged in topics such as the stock market and cryptocurrency due to their obsession with making more money to afford a fancy life. Noticeably, peer pressure and social media also contribute significantly to people’s fixation on money in their day-to-day conversations. It has never been easier for people to post pictures boasting about their income and affluent lifestyle on Facebook or Instagram in order to seek validation and approval from others.
Despite raising people’s awareness of their financial position, I believe the increased pervasiveness of money in daily conversations is an unwelcome trend. It particularly exerts severe impacts on young generations as they might come to believe that making money is all that matters in life. In fact, many young adults are now prioritizing their professional life over their personal life in order to earn more and acquire more material items, leading to their unhealthy work/life balance and unnecessary stress. Furthermore, when people place too much emphasis on money and material wealth, other significant values such as honesty and integrity might be lost. A prime example of this is the case of Vedan, a Taiwanese food company based in Vietnam, which has dumped its untreated waste into a local river for many years just to …
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