How come “science” is always coming up with “ideas” that we all know already? For example, here is an article at the New Scientist telling us that the pressures of being constantly connected through digital communication technology—both socially and for work—is making us unhappy. Duh. And then the writer says things like this, which the ancient Greeks figured out and which dogs and toddlers know:
People who place a high value on material goals are unhappier than those who are less materialistic. Materialism is also associated with lower self-esteem, greater narcissism, greater tendency to compare oneself unfavourably with other people, less empathy and more conflict in relationships.
I have actually become more depressed just writing this blog. PEOPLE, STOP—STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. NONE OF THIS MEANS ANYTHING.