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  • Why is digging into others’ personal finances so appealing?
  • Why is digging into others’ personal finances so appealing?
    Amos Bar-Zeev (2016) ©

Money Diaries: exposing the ways that Gen Y women spend

The Money Diaries column on Refinery29 has drawn a cult-like following, putting young women’s finances under the microscope, letting readers peer beyond the constructed personas often presented online. What does the series reveal about Americans’ attitudes toward money and spending?

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Money Diaries, a column series published by Refinery29, sees professional Gen Y women document a week’s worth of their everyday spending, spanning everything from Uber rides to morning coffees to impulse buys while waiting in line at a supermarket. The introduction to each post states the person’s income alongside a few key figures like rent, debt, and insurance costs, painting a picture of their overall financial situation to add some context to their smaller expenditures. These voyeuristic pieces have drawn an obsessed audience, but why do people care so much about others’ finances?





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