Pressures of materialism on families linked to UK riots – UN report

From the Daily Mail in the UK

Children are bombarded with computer games and designer clothes by parents trying to compensate for not spending time with them, a UN-backed report said. It said youngsters feel trapped in a materialistic culture and, as a result, British families compare badly with countries such as Sweden or Spain. Unicef, the UN children’s agency that commissioned the report, said the pressures of materialism on families could be linked to the causes of the riots in British cities last month.

The findings came from a project looking at children in 24 families across the three countries. The results were discussed in focus groups with 250 further children. ‘Parents in the UK are committed to their children but they lose out on time together as a family due in part to long working hours,’ the report said. ‘They often try to make up for this by buying their children gadgets and branded clothes.

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