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Have you ever heard the expression, "The guy who has the
most toys, wins"? This was obviously invented by someone keenly aware of
status symbols. It may sound clever, but I have to wonder what they "win"; the
adoration of the vendors they bought everything from? It sounds rather shallow
There are a lot of status symbols we use to impress others,
both tangible and intangible. I've categorized them accordingly:
General appearance - an expensive "power suit" is used
to denote your corporate status, whether worn by men or women. Your hair is also
very important, not just how it is cut or styled, but who does it for you. Other
things like glasses, jewelry, and watches are used more for effect as opposed to
practicality. Breast augmentations fall under this category. Even our
mannerisms, walk, and form of speech is used to send specific signals to
Trinkets - the latest technology always makes an
impressive status symbol, be it a computer, a cell phone, a TV or camera, a
game, etc. The only problem is technology changes at an astounding rate, thereby
turning this into a nonstop game of one-upmanship. After all, what is
"state-of-the-art" today, is a "has-been" tomorrow.
Automobiles - no other single product tells people your
status better than the automobile you drive. Luxury car dealers have known this
for years and have used it to their advantage in sales. Snob appeal is often
more important than practicality.
Residences - there are two aspects to this: where you
live, and what you live in; representing a symbiotic relationship. For example,
if you have a magnificent house, yet live on the wrong side of the tracks,
people will not care.
Recreation - this represents several things, boats,
airplanes, swimming pools, RV's, etc., but it also includes such things as
travel (the more exotic, the better), venues (such as resorts and hotels), and
attending events (such as galas, benefits, awards presentations, etc.).
Interpersonal relationships - representing who you know
and how you know them, particularly celebrities. For men, it also includes
marrying the perfect "trophy wife." Even sexual conquests are considered status
Status symbols are a form of communications. It's our attempt
to try and tell others who we are and we're all probably guilty of using such
symbols at different points in our lives. It gets a bit disturbing though when
we become obsessed with status symbols, such as "Keeping up with the Jones'." In
other words, it's not what you have accomplished in your life, but who you think
I tend to call the status seekers the "ST Generation" as they
are consumed with having the faSTest, oldeST, neweST, beST, biggeST, smalleST,
and moST expensive or powerful. In other words, they measure their social status
by things like volume, grade, size, frequency, and age.
Like anybody, I like nice things, but I can't say
I'm easily impressed by status symbols anymore, as I tend to think they're
impractical and costly. Maybe it's my Scotch blood showing. I tend to be more
impressed by people whose actions speak louder than their symbols, such as
finding a cure for a disease, an architect who designs a skyscraper, or the
contractor who actually builds it. Looks may be important, but they can also be
deceiving. As for me, I'll take actions and accomplishments over status symbols
any day of the week. Like I said, what do you "win" with status symbols?
Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.
Keep the Faith!
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About the Author
Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of M. Bryce &
Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience
in the management consulting field. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-06-07 23:24:08 in Personal Articles