Statistics show that Americans are consuming more goods for their households than ever before. Consumers are deciding that the goods on the shelves are must-haves.
Studies also show that Americans keep purchasing new products because we get tired of the things we buy faster than we used to.
Juliet Schor is a sociologist who studies the rapid increase in consumption in America.
MPR's family desk reporter Nanci Olesen asked professor Schor what has changed in the way that Americans consume products.