Drinking an energy drink every day is no more dangerous to your health than drinking a cup of coffee. Although coffee may provide certain health benefits that energy drinks do not. The point is that they are a tool that can be used responsibly or irresponsibly. What business is it of yours if someone had a bad night of sleep and needs a pick me up at work?
Would you make fun of a person with a heart condition that requires an automatic defibrillator to "keep them going?" Depression and bipolar disorders are serious medical conditions that can be treated successfully with therapy and certain types of medication. I can attest to the success of such treatments.
Again I ask, what business is it of yours or anyone else what it takes for someone to "keep going" as long as it's not harming you or the user?
What about such things do you think honestly makes the world "****"?
It's funny that in tribal cultures where profit-driven economics (and, in the process, marketing) don't exist, depression is basically unheard of.
I'm not arguing about the actual necessity of such things, in this society, everything that I have mentioned has its place. I will argue that the way these things are marketed is detrimental to our psychological well-being. Commercials keep telling us that we need stuff that we might not necessarily have a good use for. There is this constant voice reminding us to buy stuff so that entirely unrelated consequences can occur.
"Choosy moms choose Jif!" "Does this mean that if I choose Skippy, I'm not a choosy parent? Well, I certainly want to be a good parent, so I'll take the Jif."
"Every Kiss begins with Kay." "You're saying that if I buy her jewelry from your store, I'll have a shot at a relationship? Count me in."
"Taco Bell, because sometimes, you have to Live Mas (more)" "Well, living life to the fullest is a good thing. I suppose I'll try Taco Bell."
This style of marketing plays to our personal insecurities (parenting, relationships, and even quality of life) in an attempt to sell a product. Beats does the same thing. The "buy Beats to be cool" narrative plays up to our own personal desires for acceptance and understanding.
In reality, all of this stuff is arbitrary. My mom buys whatever peanut butter is on sale, and she's pretty choosy. My grandfather certainly didn't court my grandmother with a Kay diamond, and they have been together for more than 50 years. I know a lot of people who can't stand Taco Bell, and they seem to be holding up just fine. And a lot of the coolest and most respected people I know do not own Beats.
Want to be a choosy mom? Do research to make informed choices about your children's diet, education, medical care, social activities, and environment. Really want that long-lasting and powerful relationship? It's gonna take a lot more than a diamond. Want to live your life to the fullest? Treat every day as the important gift that it is. Want to be respected and appreciated? Appreciate others and do respectable things.
Buying Jif, Kay, Taco Bell or Beats won't help you reach these goals, though. That one's on you.
Edited by CashNotCredit - 11/23/12 at 1:36am