According to Wikipedia, "Consumerism is a social and economic order that is based on the systematic creation and fostering of a desire to purchase goods and services in ever greater amounts."
Today's technology was brought about by consumerism, agree? The desire to improve one's life, how to easily deal with everyday's chores, how to manage the office effectively and efficiently, how to maximize the use of the resources available and more are all brought about by consumerism. Through the use of the different media available today, more desires are created. Buyers or consumers are enticed to buy more than what they really need.
But then again, the question will be: "How do you know or measure which one among these things does a person really need?" Some would answer, well, if he can live without it then he doesn't need it. Going to the extreme, there are many people who loiter the streets, without a home. They were able to live without home but does it mean they don't need it?
This is just random thoughts brought about by a text message reminding me that I bought a magic heat pack some months back. Though it was not then a necessity, I bought it.
Brought about by consumerism? Maybe. Maybe not. What do you think?