Wants vs. Needs ~ Maslow’s Hierarchy Today

“The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.”
~ Abraham Maslow

Many, many years ago in my early college days, I learned in at least one business and one psychology class about Abraham Maslow’s “A Theory of Human Motivation” and his “Hierarchy of Needs.” I was intrigued by the overall concept and I generally agreed with it then, and I still very much agree with it today.

In fact Maslow’s Hierarchy has continually popped up in my brain over these many years as I observe human nature. In fact, I think our modern society could use a refresher on the concept! It seems that too many people nowadays can’t (or don’t much care to) get beyond the first two basic need levels (Physiological and Safety). Or worse yet, it seems that many people strive to achieve the higher levels – Belongingness, Love, and Esteem – before they have satisfied the more basic needs.

So I got to wondering, “Whatever happened to Maslow’s Hierarchy?” Is it still studied in schools today? I was curious because I had not heard any mention of it in the years since I first learned about it.

All it took was a quick Google search to realize that Maslow’s Hierarchy is still alive and well. I even ran across a very interesting article that discusses where today’s social media fits in Maslow’s Hierarchy. It tackles the question: “Have platforms such as Twitter and Facebook moved beyond a want into something we actually need?”

Read the article Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the Hierarchy of Needs.

You can read more about Maslow’s theory in the following sources:

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