Like all threads - please remove if a thread like this already exists or if it's not appropriate. I'll start this thread with a personal story since that's what triggered my interest in this topic. I recently (around 3~4 months ago) got into BJD's and ordered my first doll who will arrive to me in not too much time. I already love it - the anticipation, the planning and creativity this hobby arouses in me. But this also has a flipside - I've been feeling like I'm becoming increasingly materialistic. I suddenly have a lot of materialistic needs. For the doll, who needs clothes, shoes, a wig. But especially things that are not directly related to the doll itself but to the crafty part it involves: I want to make clothes for her which requires new fabrics, buttons from etsy, tiny knitting needles. I want to learn how to work wood which requires tools that I don't have, and the wood itself. I am considering to learn how to do face-ups and that also requires materials like paintbrushes, pastels, paint, etcetera. Modding was another thing I had in mind and I decided a dremel is a good start. I saw a cute headdress that inspired so I want to order tiny chains, beads and charms so I can create those things that I have in my mind. It's not like I've given in to all of those things stated above - but I want them and they make me greedy. Materialistic. The strangest thing is that it seems to be connected to my happiness - like I will be happier if I have those things. Which of course I won't be, I probably will think of something new that will make me happier. Though the doll itself does bring me a lot of happiness. It feels very strange to notice this within myself, and I'm glad that I did so that I can think about it more and make better decisions about if I really need things or not, because it doesn't feel right that my happiness revolves around materialistic wishes. But I've been especially wondering if other people have experienced something similar like me. So please discuss here: - Have you noticed that BJD's increased your materialistic wishes? - If yes, do you experience this in a positive or negative way? - Does accomplishing one of your wishes (besides dolls) increase your happiness or do you feel like you need 'more' to really be happy?