Materialistic people more likely to be depressed
People who most value material items may be more at risk for depression than people who are non-materialistic, according to a new study from Baylor University.
In the study, scientists recruited 246 individuals from a university’s marketing department, who had an average age of 21. Participants answered an online questionnaire about materialism, gratitude and desired versus actual satisfaction. Results revealed that the participants who scored the lowest on gratitude and the highest on need for satisfaction were more likely to be materialistic and less satisfied with their lives.
The results, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, suggest that materialistic people find it more difficult to be grateful for what they have and may be more likely to be depressed regardless whether they obtain desired possessions. The researchers explained that as people acquire more material goods, they are unlikely to become happier, as they are simply continuing to raise their point of reference. They concluded both that a materialistic mindset may lead to depression and a grateful attitude may correspond with a more satisfied life.