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Economic materialism
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Economic materialism

This article addresses materialism in the economic sense of the word. For information on the philosophical and scientific meanings, see materialism.

Materialism refers to how a person or group chooses to spend their resources, particularly money and time. Literally, it means a person who is preoccupied with material, rather than intellectual or spiritual, pursuits. But, especially since the 1960s, in common use it more specifically refers to a person who primarily pursues wealth and luxury, typically at the expense of personal relationships, charity, and/or the world's environment.

See also consumerism.

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