Like Mike has said one of the issues here is that the Government makes is near impossible to get a good job without a degree and that costs a lot of money that many people do not have. I also find that weddings here are so ridiculous I know someone who spent millions on his first child's wedding, I mean come on, really?
Also like Gices said there is a lot of competition here on who has the most, biggest and best. My neighbour just bought a new van and still has a pick up truck so all my other neighbours are like 'ooh look at him, why does he need both' everyone is competing with each other.
Then you have 4 year olds with ipads that the parent's have no idea how to use, I was at a birthday party the other week and there was a 4 year old and a 5 year old sitting in the corner glued to their ipads, in my days we were playing hide and seek and chasing the balloon, what happened?
There is too much peer pressure and parent's cave in to the children's request, in my day no meant no.
People need to be stronger and not cave into social pressures, I think I may be the only one I know who has never used internet on their phone, I have no need to.