The Rich Kids of Instagram: A Worthy Disaster

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From the G6 to the yacht to the private island. by samuelfastlicht

When you combine youth, unlimited cash and iPhone technology, you get braggadocios photographic evidence of a lavish lifestyle.  Also known as the Rich Kids of Instagram.  At first glance, this Tumblr is so ridiculously over the top it’s laughable. But a deeper look reveals for me some cultural sadness…privileged kids posting bar tab receipts that cost more than four years of college at a private university and talking shit about it. Depending on your mood – it can be entertaining or awful.

But if art (or curation) is aimed to send a message, make a claim, create a reaction, my take is that this tumblr is worthy of your time – even if it’s to feel the weirdness. 


Side note, here’s an interesting article: On Raising Kids Who Seem to Have it All by Peggy Drexler. Peggy is writing a book about the impact of wealth on childrearing.  She has a more empathetic outlook on these kids:

As absurd as it might sound to many, it’s not easy being a rich kid. Their parents tend to have high expectations. There’s nothing wrong with wanting your daughter to go to the best school, but you also want her to learn to be a good person, and encouraging achievement over character-building can mean kids never quite figure out who they are. They think their money is their most notable quality. And so they learn to use it — to buy affection, or friends.

For the rest of us, peering in on this group of not just the “1 percent”, but the one 1/100 of a %, there is an escape to a life of private jets, yachts, and more…either as a dream, or a nightmare. In both cases – worth the look.

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Mondays aren’t so bad. by seanmaicher #trustfunded

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My dad on the left. I can hear his thoughts “who is this monster I created?” #christianlouboutin by kanel_k

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120 Responses to The Rich Kids of Instagram: A Worthy Disaster

  1. Jabari December 28, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Most of us want to live that life, yet people always tear them down when they see it. I can’t be that hypocritical! I say more power to you, and I hope to join you soon!!!

    • Gillis December 28, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      Speak for yourself. I have no desire to live like that. Of course more money would be nice, but if I had that much I wouldn’t be spending it frivolously like that.
      .

      • Mark December 28, 2012 at 9:47 am #

        But you would, as more then likely you’d have been born into it. So wouldn’t have the wise head you have now growing up with less and spending on only what’s required.

        • chphotovideo December 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

          Agreed. We all throw money away in our own ways. I have an iPhone, is it crucial to my life to have this? Maybe not but its helpful for work and nice to have. Can’t take the $ with you. If you were given (or earned) 100k every week, how would you use it? Give it away or enjoy some of it? I would love a dunebuggy lol. Or what about those other 599 people that took a shot with that guy??

        • JOn January 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

          There are two problems with this sort of conspicuous consumption.

          The first is to do with relative wealth. This is the way that Gadaffi and other despots of the middle east (and elsewhere – Marcos of the Philippines for example) lived whilst the masses in their country lived in poverty, and in the end it leads to social unrest, revolution, violence and death.

          The second problem is the absolute use of resources on a finite planet. Let’s face it, most of us in the western world are already using more than our fair share of resources (and I’m talking about the basics of food, water and energy) – not to mention causing way more than our share of pollution and in particular green house gases.

          No one “earns” the right to fuck up the atmosphere 100, 1000 or even 10,000 times more badly than a poor person in the third world. We only have one atmosphere and we all should look after it as a common good.

          This sort of stupidity makes be sick.

          • Anonymous February 26, 2013 at 4:19 am #

            The poor in Africa and India polute much more per person than one rich westerner. One cooking fire produces more CO2 than most “rich people” could keep up with.

          • CheckYourMath April 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

            To Anonymous posting about the poor in Africa and India, not sure where you heard that (Faux News?!?), but you’re Way off. By orders of magnitude.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions_per_capita
            Note the US in 11th most CO2 per capita, India in 145th place, and most of Africa way down in the 200s.

    • Anonymous December 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      Happy for you all! LIVE!!!!

    • Anonymous December 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

      I TOTALLY agree with Jabari ! Lets stop the hating!!! Hope to join you soon! Godspeed.

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  2. Mike December 28, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    I prefer this to the rampant humblebragging that goes on in social media.

  3. Kai December 28, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    I agree with Jabari and wanna add that jealousy is more sad to watch than these rich kids.

  4. Tanya Malott December 28, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I think desperate cries for attention and love take all forms. Take away the money, and what do you see? Truly “wealthy” people never post photos like these. They know exactly how fortunate they are and do not take that for granted, nor do they flaunt it. Flaunting is a sign of something else….not wealth, but often spiritual poverty.

    • Jessica December 28, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      Wow, that’s such a good point, Tanya. It really is disturbing to me to see things like that receipt tab that could pay for college…but maybe that’s just jealousy on my end. It just blows my mind to think of what it’s like to live that kind of lifestyle.

    • Bluestill December 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      You ought to get one of those autographed photos from the show for this statement. Very well stated.

    • Jessie February 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      I will agree that some of these kids flaunt it, however, this is regular life to them. Most of these kids were born into wealth and that’s all they know. They are taking pictures of what goes on in their daily lives just like you and I take photos of what goes on in our daily lives. People have a tendency to pass judgement on those more fortunate than us. Just because they have money doesn’t mean they have no soul or have families that don’t love them. No one here knows anything about these kids aside from the fact that they have money, so it’s not fair to judge them for sharing what’s normal to them on social media just like we share what’s normal to us.

      • Jake March 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

        Do you have any idea how many children will die of starvation this year? Kinda difficult to justify any of this behavior.

  5. Richard Cave December 28, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    There I am struggling to find a house to live, one that I can afford, my car is on the blink, having to scrimp and save just to get by. When some youngster spends in one night more than I have made in four years. I am not jealous just saddened by the face that there are people out there that are not sensitive to the fact that posting such inconspicuos wealth is rubbing peoples noses in it.

    You can have your money, you can spend your money, but with it come the responsibility of humility and modesty.

    right back to worrying about next months bill.

    • Bluestill December 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      However, just from your list of desires, there is someone living in true poverty who thinks you are no better than those kids who are as unaware.

  6. Daniel Laflor December 28, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    We don’t know the state of mind behind the images. Could be self-ironi or whatever. In any case judging others is not polite. Being proud of a porche is no worse than being proud of a penny. In the eyes of God both is complete nonsense, since nobody owns anything, not even the body they are in. On the other hand if a wealthy person spends money with compassion the results will be even greater than if a normal geezer does so. So the potential for greatness is even greater in rich people. If you catch my drift!

    • Richard Cave December 28, 2012 at 9:12 am #

      Simple parable, a vicar gives out the collection dish, a little old lady puts 25 pound in, a wealthy millionaire in a game of one up-manship pulls out a thousand pounds and puts in on the plate, the Vicar spots this and angrily speaks out from the pulpit, and points out the millionaire and shouts at him for being rude, the millionaire remonstrates and shouts back I put in more than anyone! The vicar asks him so you think you can afford to put that much in because you are so rich, please look at the lady next to you, her pension is 50 pound and she put half of all her money in, so therefore she has put in more than she can afford and half the worth that you have done.

    • Dustin December 28, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:21-23 (NKJV)

      • Dirk March 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

        That’s the truth. These rich kids are spending money they did not even earn. Jesus owned everything (being the Son of God & the creator) and humbled himself to save people who didn’t earn anything,only condemnation. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be, said Jesus.

  7. JLA December 28, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    It’s absurd then tragic then tacky but I’d suggest the above is moreso a testament to immaturity than to excessive wealth. It’s just on a far more vulgar scale. One person’s Louboutins are another’s video games, and equally affordable to someone in a third world country lacking basic housing/ /healthcare education for whom neither luxury is remotely conceivable.

  8. Tony December 28, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Nice Pics! I’d think though with all that money they would be using Leica’s or Hassleblads.
    And what kinds of jobs are these younglings creating by buying yachts and exotic cars and pink car frames? Let’s go ask the 50 year old over at Burger King who got laid off after 20-30 years and is now mopping up someone’s vomit in the bathroom if he’s thankful for the little brat who just bought 10 rolex’s but gave him the chance to ask some jerk if he ‘wants fries with that.’

  9. LENOCE December 28, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    “Bless that what you want” the Huna principle which I agree with. If you dislike or criticize “rich” people you will never be one of them! Money follows the path of least resistance!

    • Michael December 28, 2012 at 10:29 am #

      I don’t think anyone is criticizing them for being rich, I’ll risk the assumption that not one of those kids made their money. I think people are criticizing their excess and waste when so many others are hurting. They seem to be exhibiting a lack of empathy for the plight facing the world right now. Historically, that doesn’t work out well for them. (Think French revolution and beheadings.)

    • adios13 January 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      boss#Lenoce

  10. David W. Sumner December 28, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I just find this terribly sad. Such a lack of humanity.

  11. ME December 28, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Some maybe rich children but some are children prostitutes. I know personally one. When she was 15 she went with mother to NYC. Then she met multimillionaires (she has a model look). Then she become a “girlfriend” of one. Went with him to London. Switching between the boyfriends and posting instagram pictures exactly like the ones above. But what is interesting she is not alone there. It is like trend between billionaires to have kids for girlfriend. She is posting pictures with model-like looking boys and girls partying with one or two old mens.

  12. starvngartst December 28, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    they live a life so sad that they compensate for it by buying too much to get everyone’s attention. at the end of the day, after the oohs and the aahhs, they’re still don’t feel complete.

    • Dipper January 20, 2013 at 6:42 am #

      Lies and propaganda. Not only has it been proven time and time again that money indeed does buy happiness (especially if you never had to lift a finger for it) but it’s just blatantly obvious common sense. These children feel deep fulfillment and elation that you never even knew existed

      • Leslie September 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

        Are you one of these butthurt idiots on Instagram? Why are you so defensive? And money DOESN’T buy happiness, check the dozens of studies. Correlation, yes but they don’t go hand in hand. You can’t deny that these kids are vapid and superficial – it’s objectively true. Who would genuinely be inspired by most of those photos?

  13. hs December 28, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    and I thought YOU, Chase Jarvis, had some money… wouldn’t we all like to have $100,000 checks show up on a regular basis? yes, of course… most of us reading Chase’s blog would probably spend it differently, though… i hope…

  14. Sam December 28, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Oh joy. Not just instagram but rich pricks with instagram. A combination of oversharing, shameless bragging and extremely stupid pretentious spending. Plus some truly ugly filters and effects. The only pic that I don’t have a (massive) issue is the one of the gas price because that’s something I would take a pic of myself.

    • Just Sayin January 16, 2013 at 4:41 am #

      Oh so the scale to judge whether its ok or not is if you would do it, then it’s ok and if not, then it’s wrong? Pure arrogance.

  15. Terry December 28, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    When you look at how much poverty and homelessness there is, not just in the world as a whole but in our towns and cities, it’s kind of breath-taking to see this amazing wealth accumulation going on. It’s a shame that whilst some people are starving there are others who are clearly too busy spending huge amounts of money to even notice them.

  16. Barney Walters December 28, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for sharing Mr Jarvis. A Worthy look :) – someone has to I guess.

  17. Joce December 28, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    The Watch Wednesday is quite sad. There must be over $45,000 worth of watches there. Imagine how many gifts you could buy for kids who have nothing with that money? (but maybe the owner of those watches does give to those less fortunate… but I doubt they’d take a picture of that). It’s the fact that they flaunt it that makes it just as sad. I feel bad for these people, really.

    • Dipper January 20, 2013 at 6:44 am #

      Nope, you’re jealous like the rest of us

  18. edward waters December 28, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    On July 7th, in The New York Times’ OPINION section, Dunn and Norton published an article titled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” In the article, the authors submit that, while it is well accepted that money alone can’t assure us of happiness, their studies reveal an incipient shift in the socioeconomic zeitgeist of today: their data show clearly that, while the general and mental health of individuals and households who are living in comfort are usually much better than that of those living in poverty, after that “comfort point” is reached—which in the US they peg at an income of $75,000 per year—there is a steep diminishment of any return on wealth in the form of happiness. In fact, they find that when comfort becomes indulgence, and then overindulgence, the happiness quotient decreases significantly. Taking this startling study even further, according to Dunn and Norton, giving away wealth, the very act of “gifting”, swings the returns in the form of happiness profoundly towards the positive.
    Maybe these children will grow up and discover the path to happiness…everyone will benefit!

    • Jessica December 28, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      You have a good point, Edward. To be honest, there’s nothing like earning something you’ve been wanting for weeks…months…years, and finally getting to buy it, making it all the more worth it. The concept of EARNING things is foreign to these kids, they just buy whatever they want with little consequence. And like a lot of people on here, I agree that there’s a difference between owning these things and flaunting these things. Clearly they want everyone to know what they have, and the picture descriptions are just the nail in the coffin. Things us “middle class” can’t even imagine owning, like an Aston Martin…and to top it off they say “thanks dad” or “21 year old me with my Aston” like it’s no big deal. But like another person mentioned on here, it’s clearly a cry for attention and at the end of the day, it doesn’t make them happy I’m sure.

    • Dipper January 20, 2013 at 6:47 am #

      This is a false study made in a (successful) attempt that the American dream is still attainable, you just have to work hard yadda yadda yadda. No, happiness levels increase parallel to wealth and income. We can do nothing but try to conceive the deep profound nirvana these children experience on a second to second basis.

  19. Hernan Zenteno December 28, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    I am from a called third world. I live in Buenos Aires. All this is obscene and all I can feel is the emptiness and nonsense of how the world works. Peggy needs to know a lot of other realities but a book of some kind of rich people syndrome honestly I think is all bullshit.

  20. Hernan Zenteno December 28, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    By the way, to don’t be so harsh. I remember a quote of Groucho Marx that said: “Money will not make you happy, and happy will not make you money.”

  21. Ed Devereaux December 28, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Just need enough so I can do normal things without worry.

    House, heat, electricity, entertainment (tv, Netflix, internet, movies, dinner, video games), food, a nice trip once a year for the family etc.

  22. romall smith December 28, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Honestly, they have it , they spend it, if you had it you would spend it. If you have 10 mill in the bank blowing 10k on drinks/shots or 1 mill on a car is nothing. If you think about it, your car cost more than 10% of your available cash. you blow more of your income/wealth than these kids do

    • trich k February 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

      10 million does not make you rich. It costs $300K per week + expenses to charter a 170ft yacht and $25+ million to buy it with 10% of the boats cost in maintenance every year. 3k per hour to charter a small plane and 8-10k for one with Miami Paris range. I agree that if you have it you spend it, but you have to have way more than 10 million to live like these kids.

  23. Schteve December 28, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    While we can’t help but feel jealous, we don’t know how they’ve come to earn their riches. Yes, a lot of kids born into richness seem to have a lack of reality, or is it that the ease of access to public display is becoming more and more readily available? The chance to post a purchase just for the sense of accomplishment and acceptance. We don’t know where they’ve come from and don’t know where they’re headed. Perhaps their lives will change as they mature, and we all hope that they will. I hope for every single one of us to eventually get to a monetary point of ‘comfort’ and to that, I believe everyone’s opinion differs. For now, we will remember where we’ve come from, no matter where we end up, and that we should maintain humility. At this point I remain ‘jealous’.

  24. mr_bread December 28, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    maybe everybody jealous to this kid but i really jealous to chase jarvis success and he use expensive dslr that i cannot afford.its still concept and never ending.

  25. Alex Sablan December 28, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Well I would be jealous but none of those pics were taken from space…when I see that, then AND only then will I covet.

  26. Richard December 28, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I am pretty sure those gold bars are chocolate gift boxes :/

  27. Scott in AZ December 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Most of you people are asleep. Most of the uber-rich did nothing but steal their wealth. It’s not enough that they are unbelievably wealthy, they get off on you LOSING. Don’t take my word for it, read the Pulitzer Prize winning author on the subject David Cay Johnston. Read his New York Times best-sellers: “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With The Bill” and “Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—and Cheat Everybody Else”

    Oh, and just for some perspective… if a man or woman worked a hard 60 hrs a week making $40 an hour with NO breaks, ever, he or she would need to work EIGHT THOUSAND (8,012) YEARS to be as valuable as just ONE billionaire. THAT is the real problem.

  28. Simon December 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Sorry but I doubt they are truly happy people. Things don’t make you happy. You have to be happy without the things to appreciate the things. Been there done that. Ex GF was a multi-millionaire. She had everything you could want money, houses, two great kids etc but she was a closet alcoholic for 20+ years. Money doesn’t buy happiness it buys things which don’t make you happy for very long. What happens when the money runs out or in my case you break up with your rich GF?

    • Leslie September 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Amen.

  29. Mirian December 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Who cares. At the end of the day, if we had it, we would do the same thing. Self-righteousness is horrible. If you can not pay your bills, it is not these rich people’s fault. Just because they are buying these expensive things doesn’t not mean they are not helping the needy. Geez people. Would it be better if they showed how much they’ve given to charity? Then, they would be classified as not humble. Wealth is fractional. Some of you shop at Whole Foods, have a tv, had a tree full of gifts this past Christmas, had a drink, a table full of food and guess what: all posted on Instagram flaunting to those in least developing country who don’t even have running water.

  30. Roman December 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    It is funny but It doesn’t bother me at all. They have money so they spend it. I have as much fun as them just doing different things, with much less money :)

  31. Mark Westcott December 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Everyone who talks of the poor in this article needs to grow up. It’s not the rich’s responsibility to feed the poor, IT’S YOUR OWN TO FEED YOURSELF!! If you want nice things work hard, make money. Simple. That’s not to say these kids don’t have issues, but it’s not money that has caused it. Money was the enabler, but lack of parenting & too much coddling was the cause. That’s why kids who aren’t rich, have the same issues adjusting to society. BTW some of these kids might have made their own money, if so & that’s what they want to spend it on, so be it! Some look to be spending on experiences anyway, not materials. But trends show this isn’t the case, as rich kids generally are bums. Irony is, they’ll waste away their parents money & be right where the middle class is anyway by death. So I say read “atlas shrugged”, change your mindset, and get to work, if these images get you mad!

  32. Dominic December 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Blimey, this is a difficult one to judge.

    For me personally it doesn’t bother me as it neither affects my life or changes it. If people wish to show themselves off like this then so be it. What makes me wonder and curious however is the motives behind it. If it’s purely showing off then if criticism comes their way then they shouldn’t be surprised. If the supposed crassness is down to naivety then surely you have to worry about who will be running our countries and major businesses in the next 15-30 years as political posts and CEO’s generally come from privileged backgrounds, don’t they?

    In reply to a comment left above which went something along the lines of “The truly wealthy don’t act like this”……”They don’t flaunt it” Well I guess that depends on what you class as flaunting it. Take the joint owner of the Football Club (Soccer) I support here in the East End of London. This fella is very wealthy and likes to have TV interviews done at his mansion on the garden patio with his private helicopter in full view in the background. To some that just wouldn’t go down well at all. A lot of the supporters of the club come from very poor backgrounds and yet do they need to be taunted by the owner of our club showing off his wealth every chance he gets?

    I don’t know, like I said above, it’s a difficult one to judge.

  33. CBiele December 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I wonder if they were worried about Instagram selling their pics?!

  34. dizzel December 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    these kids are the chase jarvis of high school

  35. xigiff December 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    For a person who comes into money, it’ll just make them more of what they already are. If they are charitable, they will be that much more so. If they are a jerk….well…..yeah, they’ll just be a bigger one.

  36. Sy December 29, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    What a selfish bunch of vermin. This display of overconsumption is disgusting. They may have plenty of money, but they don’t have any class.

  37. dwbell December 29, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Being judgemental works both ways it seems.

    Some rich judge the poor to be lazy, some poor judge the rich kids to be lazy. Neither know one another, so which baseless accusation and flow of hate is worse than the other?

    Exchange the “item” in each photo for a less expensive one and I have nearly all those pics in my teenage album. Commercial jet, not private. Same with the boat. Beer not champagne. “Collection”? Sure, toy cars. etc. Shots of youth are the same if you’re not blinded by the dollar value of the items.

    Let them grow up like we did, I didn’t understand life then either, not to myself and CERTAINLY not how it relates to others. They’re kids playing adult, much like all kids at that age.

  38. StanChung December 29, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    Yeah- i kinda have all those but the ‘normal’ middle class version. So not too terribly jealous. LOL Just a little. ^^

    Some parents of these kids do breed monsters with self entitlement issues but some are humble and down to earth.
    IMO it’s too strong to judge with a broad brush.

    Great to have some money to avoid the depression of not having it to pay the bills. The freedom to travel anytime. Daylight daydreaming. :)

  39. SodaCitron December 29, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I don’t want to rain lon your parade but plenty of these pictures are fake… The yellow car is related to a Qatar Airways communication on airliners.net, the gold and platinum bars are chocolate boxes and the guy in his jet cockpit flying to abu dahbi and vancouver is in a flight simulator.

    Otherwise, plenty of funny pictures !

  40. Pag December 29, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Lots of people in America talk about meritocracy, about how the rich became rich because they’re more skilled and work harder than ordinary persons. These kids clearly haven’t had the time to create their own wealth, they’re just inheriting it — so how can that be meritocratic? To me this shows just how out of balance the American economy is these days. We don’t reward people for working hard anymore; we reward them for already being rich, powerful or famous.

  41. Sebastion December 29, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    I look at this from a slightly different perspective I guess. The boat they filled up just made the station’s break-even quota for the day and now the manager can smile a little brighter. The bar tab for those shots just paid the overhead for the evening and there will be more tips for the staff. Someone built, delivered, and now maintains the car the stud is sitting in. All of these activities put the ‘wealth’ back into circulation, providing employment for a multitude of others along with the sales taxes that are collected. Keeping ‘wealth’ locked up in banks and stocks limits the people who have access to it. By spending it, although in a crass and pretentious manner that offends basically everyone else, is much better than hiding it in offshore accounts where it is available to a very few.

  42. tmcbroome December 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Most of the people who defend this concentration of wealth are ignoring one major economic factor. The greater the concentration of wealth on a small group then less wealth is available for the larger group. Think of it as two glass of water, as I pour water from one glass into the other glass the less water remains in the first glass.

    Another way to think about it is the great old saying “The top 10% pay 40% of the taxes”, it sounds like they pay a lot. Once we break it down you will see that they do not. The top 10% possess 80% (or more) of the wealth. The remaining 90% of the people must pay 60% of the taxes with 20% of the wealth, I ask you who truly pays the higher price? Once you have your basic needs funded everything else is simply recreational surplus.

    Great concentrations of wealth come with a price that society as a whole must pay. On the flip side our greatest architectural achievements are direct results of extreme wealth of course most of greatest wars have been as well.

    We live in age that believes in forever growth, the belief is that everyone can be rich today and richer tomorrow forever, that is undeniably impossible. Everything is finite, everything comes with a price.

  43. Michael Anthony Murphy December 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Ah, the dream of what if. In that position I’d have a penthouse just around the corner from my rittenhouse digs, a small beach place/boat and a ginormous studio, decked wall to wall with profoto strobes, a couple hassys and a few REDs. I’m easy to please. I’d keep my Xterra.

  44. Michael Anthony Murphy December 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    and I’d still keep my d4 and pocketwizards. Love my gear. OH YEAH, I’d keep my wife too!

  45. EddieBaba December 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    We ALL “desire” something, especially our next breath or that cool red Ferrari. The haves and the have nots will never see eye-to-eye and why should we ever bother trying to.  This argument will exist until the end of time, which we just missed on 12-21-12, and judgement day belongs to God!  Until then, let’s enjoy every breath we take, as we see fit!

  46. faisal December 30, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Some of the pics are really awesome.

  47. Doug December 30, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    what most people here are not realizing, is that they are also in fact rich, (in comparison to the rest of the world) You talk about how disgusting all this wasted money is and how it could go to help others, we’ll if you have a fridge with food in it, can afford transportation , have decent clothes on you back, and a flush toilette, than you are richer than 80 percent of the rest of the world. HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR MONEY? Stop judging these rich kids for their extravagance and trying giving that old lady down the street that has no heat your netflix money………Its all relative.

  48. Matt December 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Insane.

  49. Thiago December 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Live & let live. No one has the same education.

  50. Joe January 1, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    There’s a storm coming, Rich Kids of Instagram. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

    • Dipper January 20, 2013 at 6:57 am #

      Nice pipe dream, but it remains a pipe dream

  51. Bill January 1, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    There is a difference between working for your money and having it given to you. BTW, why do all rich kids look like pussies.

    • Jake March 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Because rich kids pay poor kids to fight for them.

  52. Ivo January 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    In a sense, in the eyes of most of this planet’s population, there’s not much difference between those of us reading the article, and those kids in the photos. It’s just a difference in quantity, not quality. I presume we are all privileged enough to have access to education, healthcare, modern technology, can travel freely, have time and money for our own hobbies, and we do not have to worry about surviving to see another day. This is certainly not given. In those photos I don’t see anything those people have that I would actually need, or indeed, want. I do pity those who commented here saying they want to be like those useless people. My, what dull lives some must lead to lust for such glitzy kitsh… More than thought provoking, I find the article funny in how the noveau riche have the same crap taste everywhere – from the local drugdealer/pimp to these hipsters. For the good chuckle, and slight neck pain from shaking my head, I thank you Chase :)

  53. Andy January 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    I’m richhhhhh, quite hatin’ the playaz and start hatin’ the game! If you’re even remotely jealous, you have already lost!

  54. Al January 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Personally I don’t jealous to them for being rich kids, just feel little bit sad to watch the lack of sensitivity behavior. Why? Let me tell you about living in a developing country. I lived in Indonesia, one of the biggest country and most progressive economic growths in south East Asia. We have a good public infrastructure-especially in a big city (not as good as united states of course), fancy cars, fancy gadget, etc are available on the market for those who can afford it. Yep, its take lot of money to buy those dream stuff than in a developed countries.

    Illustration: if we wanna buy a new standard Honda Civic 2.0L (latest model) it takes almost $45.000. In United States you can get the hottest Civic Si sport/racing performance with $26.000 USD. What about iPhone? $900 for iPhone 5 32GB. Then how much to take that Ferrari on the pic into our garage? I believe you can imagine that. Thanks God the photography gears is has a same price with developing country such as US, sometimes even cheaper. This is just a story not a complains.

    What I am trying to say is nothing wrong for being a rich person with a dream lifestyle, but please be wise to choose which one is ok to share in a social media and which one is not. Be more sensitive, that’s all.

    • Al January 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

      *developed country such as US

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    Today, I went to the beachfront with my children.
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    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell
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    • Tina January 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Your ‘off the topic’ story’, just cracked me up….lol…& just highlighted something amazing…

      And, as for these pics of ‘over-indulgence’,…. I prefer a world, where ppl placed more genuine value on each other, rather than on ‘ego’ objects. The ‘blind-leading-the-blind’, and, ‘mindless idolizing’ of ‘things’….sad, really.
      More reminders of how much longer its gonna take us humans to correct ourselves, for the sake of everyone.

  56. Oh Danny Boy January 6, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    Pink Dune Buggy anyone? Deary me, no thanks. I think the people defending these morons are missing the point. Yep, i’d love to have a Porsche. I’d love to have a Rolex. Champagne? Yes please, and I’d definately love Monday morning to come around, open my mail, and have over $200000 of Cheque’s fall out. Who seriously wouldn’t?
    However, would i then act like a classless dicktard, nope. I do find these pictures amusing however, and am always tickled by the lack of class that appears to be a prerequisite to being a rich kid.

  57. Smiley January 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Just remembered something Nelson Mandela said on poverty…..”“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. “

  58. etw January 13, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    As a vet, seing these spoiled children squander money while 60,000 homeless vets live on the street bothers me , but being that i have wandered around this sad little planet. I know that indifference to injustice and inequality is the noose around there necks, so live it up

    The last time inequality was this great in america , was prior to passing the 14th amendment.

    lucy parsons 1885

    Let every dirty, lousy tramp arm himself with a revolver or knife on the steps of the palace of the rich and stab or shoot their owners as they come out. Let us kill them without mercy, and let it be a war of extermination and without pity.

  59. andrewf January 16, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    There is a problem here that can’t be solved – I harken to the Kevin Carter photo of a vulture and a baby girl (just google “kevin carter vulture girl” if you aren’t aware of the image – the problem here is that if Kevin chose to ‘help’ this girl, there are then a hundred behind him, waiting to become that next little girl – then another thousand behind them; another 10000 behind them…and so on and so forth.

    Until we act collectively as a species, this will always be happening, every second of every day and as as more wealth is swallowed by the ‘privileged’ few, the worse it will get. Even if these rich-kids gave all their money to ‘third world’ charities, this would still have little impact, other than lining the pockets of corrupt officials waiting for their kids to be the next rich-kids!

    A few colleagues of mine (University lecturers) have recently been on trips to Africa; various countries, generally to the South of the Continent and their most abiding memories are that of the happiness of the majority of people; people with next to nothing – a salutary to us with everything!

    I have no answers, who does?? Kevin certainly didn’t – he committed suicide not long after he made this image; perhaps as a direct result of the dilemma it caused. If we could ALL feel this empathy with others, then we wouldn’t have this problem; but we are humans and empathy is seemingly a rarity (much as it is in lions, tigers, vultures when stalking their prey – it is instinct and it appears greed is a human instinct, or certainly close to becoming one).

  60. Lena January 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Face the hard fact people, not everybody can be a Mother Theresa, so chill back and let these kids do whatever they want. What’s the point of reeking yourself with jealousy? It’s not like as though reality will change. Instead of judging and hating, reflect on life and think of ways to better it.

  61. saneesh January 24, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Wow.. may be should also have a hastag for rich kids :)

  62. andrew b January 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    I think the most absurb part to this is the appearant lack of understanding how wasteful the lifestyle is.
    Spending 10k on Dom is escessive but how many of those kids buy it just to take a photo holding the
    Bottle in front of the case…
    How many actuall appreciate the dom for the taste, hw many people that own rolexes appreciate the craftsman ship
    Behind it. Or do they just like showing off. These luxury goods and lavish lifestyle isn’t a terrible thing, but looking at
    The photos it becomes clear this is all about you can spend the most and less about enjoying what you have.

  63. madster January 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Could I borrow $10.00?

  64. me February 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Mary spends too much on perfume, pours it all out on Jesus’ feet, and dries them with her hair. Judas says, “What a waste, think of all the good you could do with that.” Jesus says, “Leave her alone.”

  65. Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    There is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s wealth. There’s nothing morally wrong with flaunting it either, but I do believe that flaunting is in bad taste. I know that if I were as rich as these children’s parents, I would not allow my child to display my wealth especially not In such a pretentious manner. I’m private and don’t like to behave in any way that will bring me undue attention. Beeconomic status is no ones business.

  66. Anonymous February 22, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    *My economic status is no ones business.

  67. bradbell.tv February 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Curiously apolitical comments for the most part, considering today’s gross inequality is the result of 30 years of tax policies:
    http://www.oecd.org/els/soc/dividedwestandwhyinequalitykeepsrising.htm
    And considering these policies benefit less than 1% and harm nearly 100%.
    And since the economy is in perpetual decline as the people formerly known as middle class consumers can no longer make or borrow enough to create demand, thus creating jobs.

    Comments tend to focus on the personal: jealousy, envy, taste, lifestyle, values, relationships. It’s as if we don’t have the language to deal with institutional corruption – or indeed democracy. Personally I feel the comment about the kids on the beach resonated. I can’t change the world, ie. you, but I can spend lots of time with my kids as a way of apologising for the lack of a future for them. They are *so* fucked: no education, no jobs, no energy revolution; instead, stagnation, social collapse, ponziconomy, perpetual war, a climate no longer capable of sustaining civilisation. (When temps rise 4 degrees its a free for all – kill or be killed – survival of the richest.) We live each day as our last and spoil the children with our time and attention. The unbelievable truth: we have the ability and resources and wealth to transform the world – we just don’t feel like it.

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  69. Anonymous March 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    collective suicide please.

  70. Anonymous March 13, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    There are fit people that post pictures of their bodies, yet we don’t critique their process of getting to that. Because in one way or another we know that the only limitation set forth that prevents us from having a healthy body is our individual motivation to cut off unhealthy meals and live a more active lifestyle. When it comes to money though, we seem to be able to come up with all the justification in the world to support our judgement of who in our perception is flaunting it. It’s easy to see images of a lavish lifestyle and pass judgement onto others based on our sense of reality while at the same time ignoring that we carry the same social responsibility as the person posting a check for $100k just at a different scale. We get so high and mighty of photos of Ferraris and expensive watches and we say “how can they just flaunt their wealth like that” well, my question is why do those images cause you such an outrage?! Why aren’t we taking the same time to write to our political leaders and express how disgusted we are with the images of dying people do to wars in the name of god, oil, national interest, etc. and I’m not just talking about deaths outside of the US I’m talking right here in our own back yards. These kids aren’t born into wealth, we created them. We produced and continue to produce these false icons by way of the consumeristic society in which we are a part of.

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  78. ckzs April 18, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    I do not see anything wrong about these people taking photos of themselves in their environment. You think that only people with average income can post pictures from their daily routine? Our routine is different because we do not have that money but i do not think that being poor is somehow more ethical that being rich. When you take picture of your Starbucks coffee that can also be interpreted as insult to African man, for whom the price of your coffee maybe is food money for all day. Our simple apartments may seem to be castles for some people, so it is all about perspective. And that “Africa argument” is quite dubious because the money that those people are spending (especially for products with high markup like in bars) means profit for other people and it is staying in USA or in other countries economy, but if you will pour those 150.000 in Sudan, they will vanish in bottomless pit before you know it. You can not force other people to care about things they do not care – Africa for example. I do not have millions but i admit that i could donate at least 500$ per year to Sudanese children but i am not doing it because i do not care. I am spending that money drinking beer with friends – is that a thing i could not live without? Of course not, but in liberal democracy it is your rights to spend your money as you like. The same with those people – they could but why should they (and maybe they do, we can not know that)? I agree that a lot of those pictures are simply “cheap”, banal and tasteless, however, as far as we admit that liberal democracy is a way to go, it is their way of being and while they are not doing anything illegal there is no reason to accuse them of anything else than just acting tasteless but poor people can also act the same. I think it is more healthy to look for options how to improve your own material situations than to downgrade that of others.

  79. MITCH April 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    HOPE THIS MAKES SOME ONE THINK ABOUT BEING THANK FUL…well i read some of this web. page it blows my mind i could not even think on these grounds and i can only hope and dream for a better life most are just nightmares EVERYDAY being poor… BUT VERY THANKFUL and i have to live on a disabled income not by choice of a large amount of $ 1.100 dollars a month could you do that. DONT EVEN HAVE A HOME PHONE. not trying to make anyone feel sorry fo me . but i would love to spend some money anyone willing to share just a small amount of wealth ? FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. you all have a great day! and blessings to good people your way !

  80. Anonymous May 7, 2013 at 7:19 am #

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  82. jimmie June 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    The problem is that these kids are essentially profiting of the suffering and failure of the vast majority of society. They simply lack the depth and emotional clarity to imagine any other existence. Odd are, some of their hijinks are being paid through the mass redistribution of taxpayer dollars in the form of TARP and other “too big to fail” stabilization funds. The system favors sociopaths, and self-absorbed sociopaths without any conscience are exactly what we see here.

  83. Carl July 8, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Just a thought here but Im just spit balling, why do people like this exist? I mean seriously, I would love to have five minutes with one of these d bags…I am a 24 year old male and by the time I was 18, I had already made my first kill as a US soldier. Throughout my time of service, I had learned to cherish life and everything about it. For f*** sake, I’ve been blown up twice IN multiple IED incidents and after all of that, I still have to struggle to find a damn job. These kids need to learn that what they spend in a day, could support veterans like I for a year. So I issue a threat to their livelihood, you want to be adults??? Go overseas and fight for your survival alongside everyone else. You have no idea what life is about and you never will because you’re all a bunch of pussies. Enjoy your shell puppets.

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