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Crime TV Shows Make Us Spend More?

It's easy to connect the dots between sadness and spending more, but a new report in the Journal of Consumer Research shows we can do just as much damage from watching crime TV shows like Law and Order. I wouldn't intuitively make that association, but according to the study "consumers who have been recently reminded of their own impending mortality" spend more on groceries.

So, the reminder of our mortal state makes us shop more? It seems like a reach, but the study (called The Sweet Escape) argues the link between over-consumption and the concept of death. One woman admits she's inclined to shop online or eat more after watching the evening news; more than crime shows, the news conjures real fear of death for her.

What do you think of the study? Do crime shows (or the evening news) make you want to go out and spend?


itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
Makes sense to me. My dad is pretty young for a dad but most of his colleagues are older, and every time one of them dies he buys something big or plans a vacation. A little morbid, I guess, but it makes sense. Maybe it's just because it's actual people...
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't think that watching the news or crime shows make me want to spend more or even do it. i think that sometimes i get a bit jealous of others and that's what prompts me to buy things - like if i see GG or 90210 and i want something - then i'll think about buying it.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
The only TV shows that make me want to spend more are cooking shows, because I start craving gourmet meals, and Deadwood. Because that makes me want whiskey.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I remember reading a study suggesting that people who have a volatile life (e.g. black teens in a poor neighborhood) are way more likely to take $10 now than $100 later, when offered, even if the $100 later was guaranteed and they didn't _need_ the $10 asap. The reason they cited in the study is that the more volatile you perceive your life to be, the more you focus on meeting your needs NOW. I am summarizing the findings but they seem to relate to this study.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Interesting, I hadn't thought of this before and I can't personally relate, but I guess it kinda makes sense. I think TV in general makes people want to spend, for varying reasons...I know that my new addiction to freaking Gossip Girl is making me want new shoes.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
No. Huh? This seems confusing. I wonder how much people spend on an average when they watch dramas or comedies.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
No. They don't make me want to spend. Well, maybe spend more time with my family, but not more money...
cmd0610 cmd0610 9 years
That's ridiculous, people spend more bc they want the best newest products (i.e. like all the people who have perfectly good ipod nanos but will get the 3rd generation one anyway) . . the only thing crime shows make me want to do is double check my door is locked and be more careful about where I'm walking/parking/etc after dark, which is a good thing!
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