I find the term consumer getting more common nowadays. Given the declining health of Mother Nature i find the term repulsive. Is like eat & eat like pacman. Suburban malls have sprouted up like weeds & locusts swarms of consumers descent on it especially during weekends.
Even some people with no intention to buy go there just to be with the crowd as they are scared of loneliness/solitude. Even no intention to buy may get sucked into the frenzy as window shopping turn to real shopping.
Given the state that increasing numbers are stressed due to hectic worklife, more turn to shopping & consuming as a temporary way to destress & feel good. Of course it makes them more stressed later as their wallets are emptied. Vicious cycle continues & not many can get out.