Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have in Search of Happiness We Can't Buy

Shiny Objects Why We Spend Money We Don t Have in Search of Happiness We Can t Buy In Shiny Objects a cross between In Praise of Slowness and The Tipping Point consumer behavior expert Professor James A Roberts takes us on a tour of America s obsession with consumerism pointing ou

  • Title: Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have in Search of Happiness We Can't Buy
  • Author: James A. Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780062093608
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Shiny Objects, a cross between In Praise of Slowness and The Tipping Point, consumer behavior expert Professor James A Roberts takes us on a tour of America s obsession with consumerism pointing out its symptoms, diagnosing specific problems, and offering a series of groundbreaking solutions.Roberts gives practical advice for how to correct the materialistic trends inIn Shiny Objects, a cross between In Praise of Slowness and The Tipping Point, consumer behavior expert Professor James A Roberts takes us on a tour of America s obsession with consumerism pointing out its symptoms, diagnosing specific problems, and offering a series of groundbreaking solutions.Roberts gives practical advice for how to correct the materialistic trends in our lives which lock us into a cycle of financial hardship and stress Shiny Objects, a new The Paradox of Choice for the modern reader, is than a critique of capitalism it s also an exploration into how we can live happier, fuller, productive lives today.

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    1. I more skimmed this book rather than read every single page. I thought it was going to go more in depth about why people overbuy. It did to some extent but the moralistic tone bugged me. A lot of what the author discussed also seemed very obvious to me. I kind of felt like I was reading a companion book to a self help t.v. special which, even though I am an old geezer, I find really dull. I found it to be more of a how to get out of debt and control spending plan which I do not need. If you are [...]

    2. Some of the ideas on managing money in Robert's book were interesting, but not particularly new, such as using cash. I disliked this book in part because of its many references to god. I also take issue with his suggestions to punish oneself if one doesn't follow the rules; maybe this is part of his Christian thought process, which didn't resound well with this heathen at all.

    3. This book had such a shiny title and ended up being on the dull side. The author is a university professor and summarized a lot of consumer research studies that had conclusions such as people who score higher on a materialism scale have more credit card debt.

    4. The theoretical part was very interesting, but the self-help part what kind of advice to save money for supposedly broke people is to mow your own lawn and to clean your own house? That's like that family from a joke "the family was very poor. The parents were poor, the kids were poor, their gardener was poor, their maid was poor"

    5. It is absolutely nothing wrong with the book, as the matter of facts it's educational, factual and informative enough. Just that it is lacking of fun, too much of preaching. There are many times that i was tempted to abandon the book (I'd keep on checking on the reading percentage at the bottom of pages). It had reminded me of a text book.

    6. Has the American Dream been perverted by the lure of easy money? Have the old-fashioned values of hard work, thrift and moderation given way to sloth and envy and shop-till-you-dropism? Is there any way out of the tar pit of mindless, endless compulsory consumption in which America seems to be trapped?Yes, yes and yes, says James Roberts in his provocative Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have in Search of Happiness We Can't Buy.Though Roberts is a professor of marketing, his book is n [...]

    7. I just finished reading this book, and I am disappointed. This book had a great deal of potential. James Roberts presents a wealth of information and cites numerous studies, all of which is good. However, he fails in his writing in two major ways. First, he confuses positive correlation and causation. Just because a study can show that two states or items are associated with one another does not necessarily mean that one causes the other. For example, one of Roberts's concepts is that materialis [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book. It covers a problem that we sometimes moralize about but do little in the way of correcting. It is materialism. It is the way we distract ourselves by purchasing "shiny objects" to make us feel better. Meanwhile we wind up spending more money than we have and go into debt and make our lives worse. We take on more jobs to pay off the debt for the shiny objects while important things like relationships to family, friends and community suffer. Materialistic people who ch [...]

    9. Actually, this book totally worked for me. It CAN sound a little academic, but ultimately, the author explores some pretty compelling ideas. There are some really basic truths in here (do you have an emergency backup fund? No? Then you probably need to rethink every purchase you make until you've got a good one going). There's also some interesting exploration of where the concept of the "American Dream" came from. (I, for one, never knew who coined it, but it's interesting how most companies us [...]

    10. Interesting, but kind of all over the place, research-wise. I suppose that might be necessary in re the topic. Though the chapter on the prosperity gospel might have been a stretch!Solid reporting of studies from sociology, biology, and even my new fave, evolutionary psychology. Spent: Sex, Evolution and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller is the go-to for that topic.Beyond the individual and social causes of materialism, the author also includes chapters for people who want to step off the ear [...]

    11. Marketing professor James A. Roberts takes us on comprehensive tour through human greed, with particular attention to the American consumer culture.Shiny Objects could be a high school or college text, a book club choice, a Sunday School lesson or just a spiritually-tinged personal challenge for the overly materialistic. It's well-written and not too preachy.Comedian Bill Hicks thought anyone involved in marketing should just kill themselves. I don't know that this book would have changed his mi [...]

    12. Though the idea of materialism as something we need to get away from is not a particularly new subject, the author presents research that is scary and frustrating. I was surprised at some of the numbers about product placement. The chapter on Prosperity Gospel was certainly an interesting reminder of how pervasive this has become. Caught a number of phrases that I've heard in my own head that I need to break out of. There are definitely more positive affirmations one can have than "I deserve to [...]

    13. Meh, this was ok. There were some interesting bits and pieces, but I didn't find it to be an overly compelling read. Pretty much the standard message: money can't buy -- and things don't provide -- happiness. Clearly our culture has a serious habit when it comes to buying stuff, and views having lots of money and possessions as proof of success and the key to happiness. Nothing new there

    14. A rarity: an accessible book on consumerism and marketing written by an academic for a popular audience. There's not much new here--the kids-and-marshmallows test of self-control, for example, was an inescapable part of the zeitgeist all last year--but Roberts does an admirable job of weaving far flung statistics, surveys, articles, anecdotes, and self-assessment quizzes into a coherent and eminently readable whole.

    15. This made depressing reading, if only because it made clear a lot of the things we all kind of half-know but try not to acknowledge. I found myself saying "nah" and closing out of shopping sites without buying the junk in my cart several times because of this book. Which is a good thing: I could stand to do a lot less pointless acquisition.

    16. I felt like this book was okay. It was dry and sometimes boring. A lot of it seemed kind of obvious (money can't buy you happiness). There were a few parts I liked, but I just kept falling asleep while reading this. I think that there are more interesting non-fiction books that can deal with this subject.

    17. Fascinating--almostThe first part of the book, on the history of materialism and marketing, was fascinating. Second part was less helpful--a tired review of operant conditioning and behavior change and platitudes about money not buying love. I really wanted to like this book--and almost did.

    18. Based on the abstract on the inside cover and the title, I was expecting more of a socioeconomic discourse. This was more self help book about finances, which I don't need or want. Would be helpful for someone who wanted a more clinical version of Dave Ramsey, I guess.

    19. a great exploration of materialism in our culture - how it’s increasing, all of the encouragement from TV to some preachers, how materialism is documented to lead to lower satisfaction in life, and what you can do to combat it’s influence in your own life. Very readable.

    20. Good, well researched and enlightening. A bit of a finger wagger, yes but I can't say I didn't agree. I didn't find the self-help chapters to be burdensome, they were the shortest and were well done.

    21. This is a good book that sadly I think probably a fourth of my friends could benefit from reading. Bonus to the author for including "Prosperity Gospel" as another factor in what's making the country so material.

    22. Part review of current trends and part self-assessment/self-help. I prefer and started this book for a look at the state of materialism today and what it is doing to us individually and collectively. I just skipped the "answer the following questions about your spending habits" chapters.

    23. Nothing earth shattering. A lot of information I already knew and more of a self-help book than I thought it would be.

    24. Great research This book is heavy on research and theory but I craved more practical helps. The self reflective quizzes were enlightening

    25. It took me awhile to get through this book. I set it down for well over a rear before picking back up a couple weeks ago.It's interesting, but not real mind blowing.

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