"What we found was that people who had discussed their material possessions liked their conversation partner less than those who had discussed an experience they had purchased," Van Boven said. "They also were less interested in forming a friendship with them."
For the study, Van Boven and his colleagues conducted five experiments with undergraduate students and through a national survey. They explored whether people had unfavorable stereotypes of materialistic people and gauged if those stereotypes led them to like the materialistic people less than those who pursued life experiences.
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"In fact, it seems to have exactly the opposite effect," Van Boven said in a news release.
less than learning that someone made an experiential purchase.
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Van Boven urges them to change. Research has showed that materialistic people are also less happy and more prone to depression.
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In another experiment using a national survey, the researchers told people about someone who had purchased a material item such as a new shirt or a life experience like a concert ticket. They then asked them a number of questions about that person. They found that simply learning that someone made a material purchase caused them to like him or her Prada Nylon Bag Price
People who go on fun vacations or rock out at concerts are better liked than Prada Sunglasses On Women those who use their money to buy fancy cars and jewelry, according to findings from a University of Colorado Boulder psychology professor.
Leaf Van Boven has spent a decade studying the social costs and benefits of pursuing happiness through life experiences. He says people are mistaken to think that buying material items will gain status and admiration, or improve social relationships.
In one experiment, undergraduates who didn't know each other were randomly paired and assigned to discuss either a material possession or a life experience. After talking for 15 or 20 minutes, they were then asked about their conversation partners by the researchers.
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