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22 Status Symbols Through the Decades

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22 Status Symbols Through the Decades

How does one know when they’ve “made it” in life? Sure, joy, passion, and happy relationships are good, but what about stuff? What gadgets do we consider status symbols? Appliance company De’Longhi recently conducted a study on the topic, asking over 4,000 British consumers about what is considered a status symbol today, and also over the past several decades. Click through to take a look back at the technology that used to make us swoon. Times certainly have changed!


What was voted the number one status symbol for 2012? A hot tub! Also on the list: a walk-in closet, side-by-side refrigerator-freezer (or “U.S.-style fridge”), and a stereo system with speakers in every room.

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Samantha Shook

Samantha is an editor and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an animal lover who is also passionate about beauty, psychology, spirituality, and art.


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12:03AM PST on Feb 10, 2015

I think the moral of this list is don't let status symbols influence your home decor choices. Beige carpets & avacardo sinks. yuck.

6:47AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

interesting and fun! thanks!

2:59PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Fun article!

10:13AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

interesting for sure. some of the old stuff i still would like.. a mini bar!

7:10PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Wow, how times has changed.

6:53AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Interesting to see how things have changed... not sure about this hot tub thing, really... but I suppose things are different in the UK than the US, and space is more of a priority.

6:12PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012


10:37AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Being someone who considers status symbols to be showoffish, I don't really pay any attention to this kind of thing. Keeping up with the Joneses just leaves us rich in clutter and poorer in wallet.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against technology at all. I simply tell people that I think like the Amish-I'm just really picky about what forms of new technology I genuinely find useful. If we have a need or a real use for it, we get the bare-bones version without a ton of unnecessary bells and whistles. If we don't have a use or genuine need for it, we don't buy it.

6:47AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Thank you

5:43AM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

I don't find these to be status symbols personally....but then I'm not one who cares about status....I think a personal laptop to me is a status...and being able to use it anywhere.

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