The video shown in class about status anxiety is very representative of the American population. The most pertinent question the viewer has while watching the video is “what causes Americans to have status anxiety?” Americans feel content when they are surrounding by those who are equal to them. When people progress faster than others, those people at the slower pace become resentful and jealous. In the video, we learn that status can be defined by the houses we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the events we attend. The media almost forces us to desire things that really aren’t important in life. Shows like the Real Housewives give us a sensationalized and distorted view on life, and only make our status anxiety that much worse. In the video the speaker was surprised how much money Americans had without being born into it. He was also taken back by the homes they live in. Regrettably in American culture, greed and jealousy always makes us want more. The more we get, the more we want, and it is an unfortunate revolving door which opens to never being satisfied.
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