This category of discrimination is based mostly on how others see you: on one hand, some appreciate a person for his/her character; but, on the other hand, a large mass looks only on exterior aspect. It is true that first impression matters a lot, and generally it is based on exterior image. Maybe we all analyze at the beginning “the look” of our interlocutor, but what matters is what captivates us afterwards: we limit at his/her material-outlook or we try to appreciate him/her as human.
Firstly, the studies show that this type of discrimination is mostly met in adolescence, evolving worse and worse. For example, uncountable cases of social-economic discrimination are met in schools or in high-schools, where children pay a lot of attention to their exterior look.
Furthermore, science has shown that puberty is a period manifesting at ages between 13 and 22, characterized mainly by self-preoccupation and especially by “getting in the centre of attention”. Thus, young people judge each other or get related only on material criteria.
Secondly, this type of discrimination has its roots in education, as well as in mass-media or society itself. For instance, rich people (with a high socio-economic level) educate their children to split world in two: rich and poor. That is a very wrong mentality, because money do not represent all in life; they can have no value when you do not posses anything else – such as moral values. Money are just necessary, not an ideal: we need money to live … we do not live for money.
Moreover, mass-media play a very important role in teen-agers way of thinking. Having access to all kinds of media, they are easy manipulated by the images, trend or points-of-view promoted by different companies – interested only in making money and in gathering audience or fans, no matter how. Hence, teen-agers must be learnt to choose, not to take all for good. They must know what is wrong for them, not only to “hug” ideas and trends that are promoted.
In conclusion, material discrimination represents a very dangerous phenomenon between teen-agers. Its consequences can be very bad: non-integration, no friends, depression, and even a whole-life-complex. So, why don’t we give up materialism and care more about shaping a strong character, about learning the real values in life?