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Keeping Up With the Jones’s in the Digital Age

Keeping up with the Jones's has never been harder to do.

Keeping up with the Jones’s has never been harder to do since social media came in to play!

It used to be all you had to do was look in your neighbor’s driveway to see what shiny new car he just bought. You would hear about the Caribbean vacation when you visited for dinner. And you heard about the new job promotion in the annual Christmas letter.

In the age of social media, however, you find out what your friends, family, and neighbors are up to almost instantly.

Keeping Up With the Jones's in the Digital AgeFacebook reminds us that our friends are getting new stuff and traveling to fun places constantly. And businesses that focus on selling all that “stuff” know the seeds of discontent are sown when we compare ourselves to others. This, of course, can lead to more sales.

That’s why so many online retailers now offer easy ways to share information about your purchases with just the click of the mouse to immediately upload the details to your social media accounts.

But despite how you learn of other’s splurges, the age-old adage that you shouldn’t try to keep up with the Jones’s is still good advice. It is never a good financial strategy to spend money you don’t have on things you don’t really need.

So go ahead and like that “status update,” but be sure to spend time counting your blessings and knowing what is best for you and your family.

To your online success,
Carmen “Carm” Wisenbaker 
WordPress Webmaster & Master Certified SEO Expert

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