We can only hope that as we grow older, we might grow wiser.Unfortunately i doubt that. Everytime we do an action we rewrite our neural pathways and adapt to it. Our brains give us pleasurable drugs when we do day to day activities so we keep doing them. We eat a good meal we feel happy. We have a shower we feel happy. We talk to a friend we feel happy. The more we do an action the more our brain adapts to produce 'happiness' when we do it. This is how people become addicted to things as regardless of the thing itself the body produces happiness everytime we do it because it assumes that it is a beneficial action. In this way people can become addicted to anything at all. We can even become addicted to pain if the associations are right and we experience it enough. Most people are addicted to consumerism and we are addicted to money. We get a buzz from acquiring currency without necessarily needing the end product of buying something we want. We get a buzz off of buying something we want without needing to use it. Money is an addiction just as much as anything else. In this way, consumerism would be so ingrained into our brain by that age by the repetition of action that it would be even worse than it is now x
Perhaps 200 year old people would have gotten the consumer culture out of their system?