"Too often, psychology over-individualizes social problems. Eco-consumerism has grown in recent years as people have become more aware of the social and environmental impact of the products they buy. In … Consumerism is a social and economic order that encourages the purchase of goods and services in ever-greater amounts. Consumerism in healthcare will take a new role in shaping the payer industry in 2020, determining how and why payers make deals, hire new workers, conduct their healthcare spending, and more. "Corporate-driven consumerism is having massive psychological effects, not just on people, but on our planet as well," he says. Consumerism is 'eating the future' Earth | Comment 7 August 2009 By Andy Coghlan. Indeed, consumerism is an example of an area where psychology needs to stretch from its focus on the individual and examine the wider impact of the phenomenon, Kanner believes.