I'm from Serbia, Eastern Europe. My country is one of the poorest in Europe. We used to be part of Yugoslavia and then comes war and the other sheet.
My point is that the average paycheck is around 300$, but you always can see the newest types of mobile phones, new cars, and a marked wardrobe. If you aren't rich because of your parents' money or If you are not stupid enough to get a loan from a bank, you probably won't have all this stuff. Then, if you don't have all these stuff you'll be ridiculed or even worse if your kid hasn't those, he or she will be ridiculed by the kids who have it. It doesn't matter if you have enough to eat or pay bills but you must be fashionable and have all the new stuff.
All that makes me sad. From my town, just the last 2 years, 15000 went abroad for a better life. These people are usually with bachelor's, master's or Ph.D. degrees and they all thinking like me. They are bored with the struggle for existential issues. There is no job here for you if you are not part of the ruling party and often people with Ph.D. can't find any kind of job.
Those who left disgracing poorer then they are and it's continuing. Don't know how to explain but here your flat is a rear thing and most people between 20-30 still live with parents and other members of the family. And the most important, if you live with parents, without a job, without any school, you can still be humiliating to poorer then you are, and this is a common situation that I'm seeing every day and bothering me.
I can't go abroad because of family reasons and working online, but I just needed to share this with someone.