As featured in The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and more!

Podcast 137: Shiny Objects

This article was written by in Podcast. 1 comment.

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Bryan J Busch talks to Dr. James Roberts, author of the book Shiny Objects.

They discuss the staggering frequency of commercials in daily life, how it’s easier to avoid than resist the temptation to shop, and the convincing argument that money and possessions don’t make people any happier.

Table of contents

Shiny Objects on[00:00] Introduction from Bryan J Busch
[00:33] Interview with Dr. James Roberts
[00:45] According to science, happiness doesn’t increase with spending or owning things
[04:16] The media encourages us to shop, and it’s effective
[05:12] Instead of being frugal or wasteful, try to be unconflicted
[07:10] Commercials, product placements and unrealistic portrayals of life
[09:48] Credit cards make you overestimate your available wealth
[12:12] Perceived obsolescence
[15:31] Several ways to avoid temptation instead of resisting it
[21:39] Convince yourself that money and possessions won’t make you happier
[22:46] End

We always welcome feedback from listeners. If you have any comments for this episode or for any other, or if you have suggestions for future episodes, please leave us comments here or email us at podcast at this domain name.

Theme music by Mindcube.

Updated June 24, 2016 and originally published December 4, 2011.

Email Email Print Print
About the author

Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

avatar 1 google

This piece of writing offers clear idea designed
for the new people of blogging, that genuinely how to do blogging.

Reply to this comment

Leave a Comment

Note: Use your name or a unique handle, not the name of a website or business. No deep links or business URLs are allowed. Spam, including promotional linking to a company website, will be deleted. By submitting your comment you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.