In the study, the data was obtained from measuring how much free time 1,329 adolescents in the mid-western United States had, and how much importance they placed on materialistic values. The adolescents were also asked to rate their perceived well-being, or happiness, levels. The results were fairly concordant, showing that those who practice compulsive buying and who put a great importance on material goods had a lower happiness level. Possessing more things does not make one happier! Time affluence, or the amount of free time each subject had, influenced happiness levels as well. The study showed that someone who is a compulsive buyer but who doesn't have too little or too much free time will be happier than someone who does have to little or too much free time.
Does having more free time make a person happier? How about possessing more material goods? At first glance, it may seem as though having less free time or material goods would cause one to be less happy, and conversely, having more free time or material goods would cause one to be happier. However, according to a study by Chris Manolis of Xavier University and James Roberts of Baylor University, this is not always true. In fact, having too much free time or too many material goods can be just as bad as having too little.