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What is Superficial Living?

Superficial living is a lifestyle where people focus on materialistic possessions, looks and surface level success to define their worth. It involves intense focus on the pursuit of money, beauty, power, and status, and a disregard or minimization of deeper values, such as empathy, kindness, and shared accomplishment. Despite its popularity in modern society, there are a number of potential downsides to this way of life.

Advantages of Superficial Living

  • Achieving surface level fulfillment and happiness.
  • Feeling a shallow sense of purpose and consistency in life.
  • Fostering a strong sense of appearance and acceptance in society.

Disadvantages of Superficial Living

  • Negatively impacting mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Ignoring deeper values like empathy, true connection, and meaningful accomplishment.
  • Risking overspending, feeling of emptiness, and self-doubt.


There is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether superficial living is inherently bad or good. Ultimately, it comes down to balance; superficial living can be a positive tool when utilized in moderation. As long as people remember to also pursue deeper forms of connection and success, they can enjoy the benefits of Shallow living without succumbing to its potential pitfalls.