Jeff Bezos made $50,000,000,000 last year, or about 2.5 million times his Amazon employees.
But no, let's blame average Americans for getting haircuts and eating at restaurants for humanitarian crisis-level lack of access to basic necessities like healthcare, affordable housing, food, non-lead-filled water, education, childcare, etc..
I simply do not believe those numbers.
I know some serious money squandering people, and they don't have $200 for takeout and $100 for subscription boxes. Bullshit USAToday.
Also, when did we start classifying grooming as unnecessary?
I'm looking at the Masto thread discussing "mean" vs. "median" right now, and strongly side-eyeing these numbers.
If the "average American" is taken to mean including the very richest people, skewing those numbers up, and then using them to shame the "median American" about how much inessential money they spend (while probably simultaneously making them feel insecure that they *can't* spend that much at all!) then it constitutes an abusive use of stats IMHO.
Anyway, the problem is still capitalism. ✨👍🏼
@erosdiscordia Yeah, 100%. The $18,000 "non-essential expenditures" is abusive stats in multiple ways. A quick search suggests mean (average) income in US was $87,200, while median was $47,600 - a massive difference - and that was in 2014.
Then there's the idea that things like internet, personal grooming and ridesharing (method of transportation to work!?!?) are non-essential.
This is pure garbage. It's pro-rich, anti-average people propaganda on so many levels.
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The data is almost certainly correct. It is how it is presented that is either recklessly or maliciously dishonest. It's a pretty good educational example of journalism as entertainment and data abuse. As information this is useless: you couldn't reliably use this information establishing a new café or hairdressing business. As entertainment it's probably pretty good as the target audience would probably be amused by this.
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The author has carefully chosen categories coded as "millennial" by the reader, but as you both correctly note, these are average spends and so heavily skewed by outlier spenders (i.e. the 1%)
I read "A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper" (1995, John Allen Paulos) when I was a teenager. Later "Flat Earth News" (2008, Nick Davies). Believe me these is nothing new about this kind of distortion.
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The Paulos is a great read. A slim book filled with practical tricks by which news organisations present innocuous data as newsworthy. All supported by real-world examples.
The core of the Davies is that it is easier to convince people of things that they "know" (however false) rather than present new (and more accurate) information. The modern day equivalent of informing people the Earth is flat.
@silverspookgames That's more than I spend a month, total.
@lesbianhacker You got it. They probably use national sales data in all these categories and just divide it by the adult population. Top 10% or so are spending large and skewing the average so it looks like the bottom 90% are spending those amounts. It's just BS.
Notice for Source it just sas "Ladder". I'd like to make them show their work.
@leadore Same. Even when I was making closer to $2,000 working over 40 hours a week, basically all of that was spent on rent, utilities, transportation, and ramen-cheap food. $1500 on 'non-essentials' is non-sensicals.
@silverspookgames: This is just one of the many campaigns to make common people feel like they are causing harm. It's anti-humanist, probably because as automation rises the rich folk aren't going to need as many people around.
@silverspookgames ah yes, complete nonsessentials like [pulling out clipboard with notes scribbled directly on the wood]
- internet access
- material goods in general
who the fuck writes this shit
Exercise for everyone:
Guess how much Jeff Bezos makes per *hour*. Doesn't matter how little information you have. Just guess.
Now click this link:
@ben well, I was off by roughly 7.96 million dollars an hour
@silverspookgames "nonessentials" --> "ways you spend your money that I don't approve of"
@silverspookgames ah yes, those silly luxury items like soap and food
@silverspookgames dunno where those expenses numbers come from but it's more than many people total incomeper month in France... 🤔
@silverspookgames buying lunch lol ?
@silverspookgames very strange, to me, that people dont simply live in little ditches , eating dirt and worms, without ever travelling anywhere...
> Restaurant meals
> Buying lunch
I live two hours away from work. I have no time or energy to cook. I eat at restaurants and use takeouts not necessarily because I like it, they are pretty much my only fucking option.
Whoever has the guts to say that cables (and technology pretty much in general) are nonessential deserves to be abandoned in the wilderness wearing nothing but a fig leaf. Cables are bloodveins of our century.
> Online shopping
Now, that's an absurd statistic. It pretty much says that whatever you buy online is non-essential. What the hell. What if you're buying baby supplies because the ones your local store is carrying are shit? What if you're buying groceries online because you have no local store like I do?
> Impulse purchases
Are you blaming us for falling for your fucking ads? Are you?
You know what's non-essential? Having a private fucking charter yacht.
@silverspookgames yeah I can't really believe that even the average american who buys subscription boxes is spending $94/month on them, let alone the average of all americans
plus literally 50% of the stuff on this list is just food
@silverspookgames like if this were accurate then the US subscription box market would be worth $368bn a year
this seems improbable
@silverspookgames "we can all do without" is a ridiculous fucking judgmental claim.
Because I would totally keep my job if I didn't get haircuts.
Just to take one thing there.
@silverspookgames Oh no, how dare people enjoy their lives instead of just existing between their bed and their job.
Jesus fucking Christ this is disgusting.
I guess he's so rich and arrogante that he doesn't realize or care how much the world despises him for his greed and selfishness?
I'm entitled to it - I work hard for my money.
OK, show us. Give away all your money and take a job in YOUR company picking items in a warehouse and work your way up - show us how it's done.
It's the joke that there are no poor people in the usa - only temporarily inconvenienced millionaires. Just work hard. Think and grow rich...
@silverspookgames is USATODAY asking people not to consume?
Three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. The average American doesn't mean anything because it's so skewed by the rich.
@silverspookgames *quietly blinks at JUST HOW MANY FUCKING ZEROES there are in that $ amount for Bezos's income* Sweet fuck.
@hummingrain Right? I find typing out the actual zeros in billion really shows how monstrously fucked up Bezos' etc. wealth disparity is. It's like, "What the fuck? My income is like a lone penny next to a busload of stacked $100s..."
@silverspookgames It's like they looked at the "The city will bury you for free if they can't identify your body" joke and thought that that was actually a really cool and good attitude
@email@example.com This is boomer-tier bait. Still tough, fuck everything this post represents.
@silverspookgames double fuck off bc USA Today has DEF printed at least one "millennials are killing X" article
@ItsJenNotGabby This week: "Americans spending too much on non-essential haircuts and food."
Next week: "Millennials killing haircuts and food eating."
@silverspookgames god this is so funny because
a) jesu Christu these numbers, is this supposed to be relevant to Literally Anyone traditionally under scrutiny for how they spend their wages???
b) four to five of these are just "weird how relentlessly capitalism has expropriated food preparation from the home in order to generate more profit?"
c) most of the others are decisions exahusted stressed out people make bc brains have limits
d) "online shopping" ah, yes, online is only for nonessential
@silverspookgames How the hell is personal grooming NOT an essential? Jesus christ these people are out of touch with reality.
@silverspookgames I have to count commas to even read that number
@forAll52 Indeed, it hurts to even read how rich billionaires are!
I don't have the words for how much those kind of reasoning make me sick.
"Why would you have fun in your life when you could just work, survive, enrich rich people and then die like a beast ?"
If first discovered human Lucy (not anymore but whatever) had worked from the day she is borned to today at minimum wadge and had spent nothing on food or anything she still wouldn't have half as much money as french billionaire Bernard Arnault who's only 4th biggest fortune in the world.
But you guys really should stop going to the restaurant that's insane.
@masto_raph Yep, super unbelievably messed up.
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