Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Saying NO to advertising

Have you ever tried to say no to advertising? I mean on TV when someone is saying you should by that new car, or toy, or experience, or product.

I do it all the time, for two reasons.

The first is that it is very fun.
It keeps me occupied during the ads and makes fun of the actors who try so hard to persuade me to but their product! They failed this time...
It also makes fun of the companies who spend billions of dollars to get me to buy their product, and I just waste the money by saying No.
Some of you might say advertising still works, and just because I don't buy it, doesn't mean everyone else won't. That's true, but now I come to the second reason...

The second reason is because it lifts a huge weight of my shoulders. Watching ads on TV make you think that you need so much stuff in life to be satisfied. The whole aim of advertisements is to make you feel like you have a problem (such as not looking good), then providing a solution (a cool car, or new make up). What is really annoying is that usually you don't even actually have a problem, but they make you think you do...

Most people fall into buying something they don't need because they trust that the advertisers know about how they can fix their problems. But in reality, companies only want money, and don;t truly care for the well being of you! The only true provider of things we need in out life is God, and we don't have to pay for what he gives... Stop looking at the media, or other companies to help you in times of need. Remember, they are humans too, they probably have the same problem's as you! Only God, who is perfect, always knows better about what you need.

By saying No to advertising, you remind yourself that life is OK without a new product, and stops you from buying it. You remind yourself that you have someone else, God, who you can trust to provide you what you need. Next time if a handsome actor or actress says "Book a test drive now", or "Get it at a new store now", just say No!

It makes me feel good, why don't you try it...


  1. Oh my! I'm so glad I read this post. That is exaclty what I've been needing to hear. :) I love that there is others out there with similar thoughts as mine. I hate the whole advertising thing. I've actually had a bit of a struggle with the constant "You don't look good enough unless you have plastic surgery, wrinkle cream, botox, make-up, etc." lol It drives me crazy! I never order those things on tv. It's sad that companies will resort to enhancing people's insecurities just to make money. I love that you reminded us that we do not need those things to be loved by God.

    Such a precious message in your posts! I loved the one above this one too.

    I'm going to follow your blog. It's so inspirational. Keep up the good work!

    warmest wishes,

  2. Advertising works, whether you like it or not. I too like to mock TV ads, but when it comes to buying something mundane, like soap powder, I go for a brand I've heard of rather than Brand X. I think that most people would do the same.