Just a day ago, Facebook user Ahmad Matin shared a screenshot of a page supposedly from the social studies textbook Complete Guide to O-Level Social Studies Vol 1, by Rowan Luc. In it, a binary, highly reductive analysis of socio-economic status (SES) was presented, centred largely around patterns of conspicuous consumption. According to Mothership at least, this study companion doesn’t bear the Ministry of Education’s stamp of approval.
Nonetheless, as we all know, and as the social studies textbook so accurately describes, there are really only two kinds of people in this world: those of higher SES and those of lower SES.
What it got wrong, however, was the indicators of higher and lower SES.
Based on our extremely extensive, thorough, and all-encompassing research which we did over the course of 7 hours of sleep, which is likely the same research methodology applied by the author of this textbook, we derived our own highly precise and true to life measurements of SES.
Higher Socio-economic Status
Lower Socio-economic Status
Uses 3-ply tissue
Uses 2-ply tissue
Surfs forums like Reddit
Surfs forums like HardwareZone’s Eat Drink Man Woman
Says, “Switch off the fan”
Says, “Off the fan”
Orders fish when eating cai fan
Orders 2 veg 1 meat when eating cai fan
Applies for credit card when fresh out of uni
Holds on to student card for discounts when fresh out of uni
Pays for Premium Straits Times
Just reads the comments on ST’s Facebook
Does yoga to de-stress
Drinks alcohol to de-stress
Knows that Palais Renaissance is an up-scale shopping centre
Thinks that Palais Renaissance is an up-scale KTV
Uses an Apple iPhone
Uses Oppo A37
Typical Instagram bio: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Father, Son, Pottery Enthusiast, Sushi Connoisseur ✈️ SG / LDN / HKG
Typical Instagram bio: 4eva @Zack_beng_34’s xmm. I may sim kewt,
but if u cb me I wil cb u back hor, knn!
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