Blog #2: Status Anxiety

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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3 responses to “Blog #2: Status Anxiety

  1. Well everyone wants to live the American dream, so if someone else is living a dream you crave or want to live , one may tend to develop envy or hate toward their neighbor because of their success.

  2. While I agree that the more we get the more we want, I don’t think greed is whole reason for wanting more. I think it’s human nature to desire more. It becomes negative to desire more because it means you’re greedy. But if you work for it and don’t take it from others, the “it” being the “more” you desire, I don’t see why you shouldn’t have it or why it’s a negative thing to even want it. If you remain humble in your approach of amassing more then I think it is well deserved.

  3. michelialonso

    I love the way you concluded your post, I completely agree. Status anxiety is greatly driven because of our need to always get what we dont have. The cycle is hard to break because even if we surpass our neighbors, we will just find a new set of people we want to beat. Why is it that we want a house bigger than what we need, and a car that one simply may not be able to afford? Simply because our greatest “want” is status.

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