Does Advertising drive us to unnecessary purchases?

The advertising industry revolves around creating commercial messages urging the purchase of new or improved products or services in a variety of media: print, online, digital, television, radio, and outdoor. Because as consumers we need and want to be informed, this feature of advertising is to the good. Yet some advertising is intended to lead to the purchase of goods and services we do not need.

For this discussion, please respond to the following:

Does Advertising drive us to unnecessary purchases?
Provide an example of a brand that persuaded you to purchase their product that you perhaps did not need? How has this altered your opinion of the brand?
Is it unethical to advertise to kids? Why or Why not?

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