In a world in which people value status heavily--as they presumably do in ours--working to eliminate status seeking
on one margin will shift status seeking
onto other margins.
They found four common motivations 'identity seeking', 'revenge seeking', 'status seeking
' and 'thrill seeking'.
* Xi Chen, Yale University; Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University; and Xiaobo Zhang, International Food Policy Research Institute, "Peer Effects, Risk Pooling, and Status Seeking
: What Explains Gift Spending Escalation in Rural China?"
Sumptuousness or luxurious living, which the capital sin of lust originally addressed, is today better known by such terms as status seeking
, conspicuous consumption, living on credit, and debting.
As in every other profession, in which good things are scarce and lucrative, there is infighting and status seeking
, and everybody knows everybody else's business.
Unlike the egalitarian concept of the web, the gadgets are status seeking
. Sometimes it is their owners, and other times it is the commercial interests behind them.
Another consideration in the drive toward adolescent risk-taking behavior may be related to a natural increase in status seeking
(Can we also be assured that our status seeking
universities will not want to emulate Harvard and Yale by turning away a qualified student in favor of a poorly prepared, affluent and well-connected one like George W.
To the extent that competition and status seeking
are inherent in human nature, those drives in a world of nanotech abundance will have to be satisfied in new ways.