Affluenza


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Affluenza

(1)  A popular term for a dysfunctional family environment in which both parents work or have activities that decrease parenting time
Adverse effects Unsupervised kids/adolescents may drink more, get pregnant, abuse drugs, gamble online.
(2) A condition affecting those living in highly developed societies, which is characterised by an addiction to controlled noise (TV, entertainment); lack of financial control; disintegration of the family and social networks, disconnect with the natural habitat, and living in an artificial environment.
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Read: (www.ibtimes.com/affluenza-teen-ethan-couch-may-sue-judge-sentencing-him-2422850) 'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch May Sue Judge For Sentencing Him
During Couch's trial, a psychologist sparked outrage by saying in his defense that Couch was so wealthy and spoiled he could not tell the difference between right and wrong - hence, he was a victim of "affluenza."
The affluenza diagnosis, which is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, was widely ridiculed.
Essentially, "sportsfluenza" and "affluenza" are similar mindsets, characterized by a disregard for consequences to actions and differentiated only by the nature of the underlying privilege causing the critical defect in development (money versus athletic ability).
But there is also a downside that has to do with self-indulgence, commercial manipulation, the rampant anxiety associated with 'affluenza' and narcissistic fussiness.
The alienation and affluenza so prevalent in our society can sometimes seem overwhelming.
Meanwhile, you might have heard of something called "affluenza," which became a buzzword after a Texas teenager killed four people while driving drunk and was used as part of his defense in court last year.
Or are you just suffering from a severe case of affluenza - that quintessential 21st century malaise.
He said the inspiration behind his latest project was Oliver James' book Affluenza and what Micah sees as the relentless human search for progress.
Fostering this escalating process of malconsumption is the advertising industry which has, in recent years, started to target ever younger audiences (see the video Affluenza, distributed by Bullfrog Films--www:pbs.oregan/affluenza).
The case became known as the "affluenza'' defense, reflecting the argument by his lawyer that the 17-year-old "had grown up with a sense of entitlement and developed poor judgment after being coddled by his wealthy parents.''
A witness in Couch's case claimed the teenager was a victim of "affluenza" - the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.