OMG you NEED this!!! (A rant.)

There's this thing I keep seeing on the internet, all over Instagram and peoples' blogs, and OMG YOU NEED IT!!!!!!!

At least, that's what you keep saying. It sounds like there is a gaping hole in your life that will be filled if only you can just obtain this magical object! "Where is that rug from??? I need it!!!" "I need that scarf!" "OMG I need those salt and pepper shakers." "I need one of those triangle rings!!!" "I totally need to get a pair of those shoes, I loveeeeeee them!"

People. Just stop it.

I know things are pretty or cool or trendy, and you want to express that. So please, search the depths of your vocabulary for another way to express your compliments and desires. It's really not that hard. 

No, really. You do not NEED any of this stuff. 

Do you remember what a "need" is? It's something that is necessary, important, something you literally (and no, not the kind of "literally" people use when they say "I literally lost my shit.") cannot live without. As Wikipedia so succinctly puts it,

"A need is something that is necessary for organisms to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants because a deficiency would cause a clear negative outcome, such as dysfunction or death." 

Dysfunction or death. These are not things that happen if you don't get that rug, those shoes, that lipstick, or that hat. Those are WANTS. Wikipedia again:

...a want is simply something that a person would like to have.

I love looking at pretty things as much as the next person, but there is a lot of people who actually need a lot of things they're not getting in this world. You may really want those shoes or that rug, but take a moment to appreciate the stuff you already have, and be grateful for how easily most of us actually can obtain things we don't need at all. Show your respect for how spoiled we are, and by golly expand your vocabulary.

While I'm at it, a slight tangent. People post pictures of pretty things. Great! Like the pretty thing. Admire it. If you really want to know where it's from, because you're ACTUALLY going to go purchase it, first search for it online. If you absolutely can't find it, then go ahead and ask. Once. Be patient. Don't post the thousandth comment harassing them about where it's from. You're not really going to die without it. 

Ok, I'm done. I need a cigarette. Psych!!!