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Definition of 'Affluenza'

Affluenza is a term that is often used to describe a condition where individuals or societies become overly focused on material wealth and consumerism, to the point where it has negative social and psychological consequences.

The term was popularized by a book with the same name, "Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic," which was published in 1997. The book argues that materialism, consumerism, and a focus on financial success have become a dominant cultural and social force in the United States and other Western countries, leading to a range of negative outcomes, including social inequality, environmental degradation, and personal dissatisfaction.

The concept of affluenza has been criticized by some as being overly simplistic or reductionist, and there is debate about its validity as a diagnosis or explanation for complex social and psychological phenomena. However, many researchers and social critics continue to use the term as a way of describing the social and psychological impacts of consumerism and materialism on individuals and society.

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