Furthermore, ads perpetuate the idea that life's purpose is to work your ass of so you can consume
If someone wants to measure their life by how many games they play, books they read, computers they've built, lives they've saved, fires they've put out, criminals they've arrested, children they've nurtured, or 'useless crap' they've purchased... there is nothing 'wrong' with any of those. Life has no purpose, life has no meaning.
Egotist: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. -- Ambrose Bierce