Skip To Content

    People Are Sharing Things That Used To Signal You Were Upper Class, And Now Signal That You're Lower Class

    TIMES HAVE CHANGED.

    This weekend, Reddit user u/kaybee666 asked, "What used to mean you were rich but now means that you’re poor?" People provided some examples of how small/big things that used to be signs of status and wealth have, well, changed to mean something else.

    Jars filled with loose change

    Here's what they said:

    Note: BuzzFeed is not referring to anyone or any objects as denoting "poor," it is solely meant to highlight this Reddit thread depicting how certain signs of status and/or wealth has shifted over time.

    1. "A 35-inch TV."

    u/Kelli217

    2. "Giant satellite dish in the yard."

    u/NeedsMoreTuba

    House with a satellite dish on the roof

    3. "I read once that rooms on the bottom floor of apartments used to be the more sought after ones before elevators, so poor people were usually on the higher floors."

    u/Bladebrent

    4. "Carpet in the bathroom."

    u/SLObro152

    5. "Having extra weight meant that you had enough food to gain weight, while being thin was a sign of being poor. Very interesting how that has switched!"

    u/kaybee666

    6. "About a hundred years ago, poor people had horses and rich people had cars."

    u/Cute_Character_1603

    7. "Flip phones."

    u/Tyler5060

    Paris hilton talking on a flip phone

    8. "Lots of shares in Blockbuster Video."

    u/DavosLostFingers

    9. "Back in the '80s, people showed off they were rich by opening their wallet and a long plastic sleeve of credit cards dropped down. Now, it just means you’re a broke ass living off of credit."

    u/ludicrouspeed

    Man holding a phone and credit card

    10. "Faux cherrywood paneling with avocado colored appliances."

    u/rascible

    11. "Waterbeds."

    u/allstater2007

    12. "Earning $20,000 a year. That was the salary of my first career job in 1984. It was considered a good salary. Today, it's well below the poverty line."

    u/BaldyCarrotTop

    13. "Wallpaper. 50 years ago, the nicest homes had wallpaper, and married couples picking it out was the same caliber as middle-class couples now choosing paint colors. Today, any time I see a rental property or house for sale with wallpaper instead of a fresh coat of paint, it's always a place that's significantly cheaper, looks poorly managed, and in need of repairs."

    u/ElectroTurnip

    14. "White bread. Trends shifted to whole/less milled grain flour-based bread. Sold as less processed, thus natural, thus healthy, etc. to the upper class."

    u/KowardlyMan

    Man eating bread while drinking coffee

    15. “Wall-to-wall carpeting. Not just a rug, mind you. All the way from one wall to the other! It used to mean you're rich."

    u/zork3001

    16. "Shag carpet covers for toilet seat."

    u/Bleepdeeboop

    Did they miss any examples? Let me know in the comments below!

    Responses edited for length/clarity.