Deaths-head Jester

[The Project]
[The ApocaDocs]
[Equal Share]
The Six Scenarios:
[Species Collapse]
[Infectious Disease]
[Climate Chaos]
[Resource Depletion]
[Biology Breach]


It's weekly, funny, and free!


More than 5,600 stories!

A great gift
for crisis deniers!

The ApocaDocs have a Book!
Humoring the Horror of the
Converging Emergencies
94 color pages
$24.99 now $15!
Or read FREE online!


Ping this story
in social media:

Posted Wed Feb 9 2011: from ASU, via PhysOrg:
Strange valentines: some consumers literally 'in love' with possessions
Just in time for Valentine's Day, new research from the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU shows that a person may actually be "in love" with his or her favorite object. The phenomenon is called "material possession love," and the researchers found these customers are typically lonely and easily can spend a whopping six times more money lavishing their love on beloved possessions than others spend on similar products. "Until now, when we've thought about attachment to objects, most consumer researchers have thought of it in terms of self-identity, such as whether owning and driving an expensive sports car helps you tell others you have a higher social status or makes you seem sportier," said John Lastovicka, the study's primary author and marketing professor at ASU. "We tend to get attached to things that help us convey our sense of self. However, here we found that, in some cases, consumers became emotionally attached to possessions as real substitutes in what resembled human relationships."
[Read more stories about: sustainability]
This item will appear in our PANIQuiz!

No reader quips yet -- be the first!

Got a PaniQuip?

Your Quip (limit 140 characters, no links, just wit):

First name:

The text shown in the Web image to the right:

We reserve the right to reuse, remove, or refuse any entry.

'Doc Jim says:
My possessions never confuse me. They are mine forever, and can't refuse me.

More stories:
  • APNewsBreak: Endangered decision delayed on walrus
  • Global warming heats up Republican attacks on EPA
  • (Strange valentines: some consumers literally 'in love' with possessions)
  • King Crabs Invade Antarctic Waters: 'quite frightening' pace
  • Milwaukee, Chicago Areas May Face Water Shortages: Report

  • Want to explore more?
    Try the PaniCloud!
    Copyright 2010 The