An iPad, 50 inch TV and a cleaner: Modern day status symbols revealed
Researchers found eclectic mix of items used to judge success and wealthGadgets such as iPads and holiday destinations made the listStatus symbols include where you do your food shop and designer watches
Daily Mail Reporter
16:09 GMT, 31 March 2013
00:04 GMT, 1 April 2013
Gadgets including iPads have been hailed as modern day status symbols, researchers have found
If you own an iPad, a 50in TV and you shop at Waitrose or Marks & Spencer – congratulations.
They are among the status symbols by which success and wealth are judged today, according to a poll.
But don’t feel too satisfied. The survey highlighted many other items that are somewhat harder to attain, including a holiday home abroad and a Ferrari, preferably with a personalised number plate.
Designer watches, a house worth 577,921, a cleaner and a gardener are also regarded as status symbols by some.
when it comes to a holiday, to really show off your success it needs to
cost around 5,000 and be on a remote Indian Ocean resort or in a
private Caribbean villa.
eclectic mix of items emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults which found
that around one in seven Britons (14 per cent) have bought a status
symbol simply to impress others or appear better-off than they are.
Worryingly, fewer than half used savings, with one in four putting the
purchase on a credit card, and more than one in 20 taking out a loan.
Oldham, managing director at cashback site Quidco, which commissioned
the research, said: ‘There was a time when people judged success solely
on your home or job, but it seems there are many more modern items that
help give a certain impression of you.
The report found that along with the car you drive and house you live in, modern day status symbols also include diamond jewellery, designer watches and a foreign holiday home (file picture)
has improved massively over the last few years and this is reflected in
the list with items such as 3D TVs, iPads and smartphones all
supermarket you go to for your weekly shop can give others an idea of
how successful you are.
'Material items go such a long way to showing you
are successful that it seems many are buying these status symbols, even
if they can’t really afford them.’