Most renters of one-bedroom apartments rent outside storage rooms. I don't
believe that is an indication of "affluenza" as much as it is due to the
fact that more and more Americans (especially Utahns) are having to rent
one-bedroom apartments for far longer periods of their lifetimes than did their
parents and grandparents. Home ownership is now unthinkable for most young
"It’s an unfortunate part of our business (and) one we don’t
want to glamorize..." but "The show has definitely helped us. It’s
increased the number of people who come to auction, and increased the amount
being paid at auction. So it’s been beneficial from that
standpoint."So...basically they don't want their image
tarnished by being featured on the show, but they're happy to benefit from
the show's popularity and the increased cash generated from auction sales.
I understand they don't get anything beyond what they're owed, but
having more auction attendees still improves the likelihood that they'll
recoup their loses...
The other reality show that comes to mind is "Hoarders" -- which sadly
focuses on people's obsession for accumulating stuff so that their money is
being consumed and their lives are literally being crowded out by their
increasing amounts of possessions. Americans are suffering from
"affluenza," the pursuit of more and more so that their lives become
trapped in working more to pay for it all, including the need for more space to
store it all. They work all day to pay for their lifestyles, then come home to
an over-stuffed home which stresses them even more.It's sad
that storage now is a booming profit business. Another symptom of affluenza.