Millennials reveal what they thought were ‘signs of wealth’ when they were growing up – from a fridge with an ice dispenser and buying ‘real butter’ to parents who were still together
- People from around the world have discussed ‘signs of wealth’ on Facebook
- Some thought it was two parents and sitting around the family dinner table
- Others went by consumer goods such as cars, TVs and branded food
- Viral discussion shared on Pizza Bottle page racked up more 1,700 comments
An eye-opening Facebook thread has revealed what Millennials thought were the symbols of wealth growing up – ranging from a personal landline in your bedroom to having an ice dispenser on the fridge.
The viral discussion, which has racked up 1,700 comments on the Pizza Bottle page, was kickstarted by reposting a Tweet from a US man who said that he’d believed a basketball hoop with a clear backboard ‘meant you were rich’.
‘What are somet things you thought were indicators of wealth when you were a kid?’ he asked, and replies flooded in from around the world.
For some people, it was the family dynamic, with many admitting that in better off families, the parents were still together and everyone sat around the dinner table.
Meanwhile, a US Facebook user said ‘having real Kool Aid or Pop Tarts’ instead of the unbranded versions.
A US Facebook user said that they thought ‘having Kellogs branded pop tarts’ was a sign of wealth instead of the knock off version called Toast ‘Ems
connectpoliticditto asked people what they thought were indicators of wealth, saying their personal one was a plexiglass basketball hoop
Replies were vastly different, with one person saying that ‘having a car in Singapore meant you were rich’.
UK Facebook users posted things many millennials from Britain can relate to such as ‘having some money to spend at the Scholastic book fair’ one woman simply posted a full packet of Crayola jumbo crayons and said ‘coming into class with these’.
Some people revealed they envied families with microwaves, and one poster said their mate must have been wealthy because they ‘fed their dog chicken and scrambled egg whilst living on a council estate’.
One person confessed they ‘felt like a billionaire’ when they received their first Gameboy (a Nintendo games console from the 90’s).
Many replies were emotionally charged, suggesting that sitting down to eat together as a family, or having parents that weren’t divorced were a sign of true wealth – paying homage to the adage the best things are the ones money can’t buy
Meanwhile, another US woman said that a ‘bran new reausable lunch box’ was her ‘ultimate rich girl goal’.
One New Zealand-based user listed having ‘real butter’ as another UK woman added: ‘Having a birthday cake that wasn’t in a 13X9 cake pan.’
Owning a trampoline was the ultimate goal for one US man, while a fellow American wrote: ‘If your house has a chandelier. Or if the household have more than one car.’
A Canadian user shared a brief list, including: ‘Family vacations that weren’t the local beach, everyone having their own bedroom, getting new clothes when it wasn’t a special occasion or back to school…’
Two American users touched on food, as one said: ‘Throwing away the ketchup bottle without adding some water and shaking to get that last little bit.’
Another weighed in: ‘Kids who brought strawberries in their lunches. I thought they must have cost at least $20 a box!’
Ideas of richness varied with some feeling that owning popular games consoles meant you were rolling in it, but others thought ‘eating in restaurants was for rich people’. Some people said ‘having a shower so that you wouldn’t have to share bath water with five other people. Many said it was ‘having a built in pool’.