The huge wave of technology also gives a big impact especially on how people spend to have the most up to date gadgets. Gadgets equipped with the most current technology like the I-phone 4, Blackberry Storm 4, and the new PSP2 are definitely not cheap items and may cost thousands of Malaysian Ringgit. To add, the mushrooming shopping malls in big cities as well as in small towns also influence people to spend more.
It seems that making more money is the only way to support increasing expenditures on most advanced, branded and luxurious goods. Earning money is far more difficult and challenging than spending it. Thus, if the people cannot earn for money themselves, it is a common practice for the women especially to find a partner who can earn lots of money for them. It is extremely hard not to be materialistic especially when you are living in a big city. Money just drains out from the wallet in a blink of an eye. And here is the truth, the cost of living are becoming higher and higher no matter where you live in this world.
There is a famous quote which says ‘it is true that money is not everything but you cannot have anything without money’. Thus, with the non-stop hike in prices of daily goods and other necessities, it is not surprising if people are becoming more materialistic than before.
Looking at the other side, I don't think being materialistic is good. just buy the things that you can afford, but do work hard to get higher pay. what pride do you have in buying and using overpriced items anyway? they are not your creation and they definitely do not last forever. modesty is the best policy. being humble is the key. bertahan alia, bertahan!!
For all moslems, remember that on the Judgement Day, every and every each of our belongings including the tiniest items will be counted and judged (hisab). If you have a lot of things, the longer the process will take. Are you spending your money in accordance to Allah's blessings? You can decide it yourself.