I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
Often I feel bad after watching an ad, reading an article about the next health gadget, after watching Apple keynotes or browsing on Amazon.
I feels like I have a hole in the stomach. I have to fight internal fights. Shall I buy the thing I didn’t even know about a few minutes ago?
Often I loose and buy. Despite knowing better.
Worst of all - it became apparent to me that these holes in my stomach can not be filled by stuff. They appear again and again and again.
Here is what I do since about a year - and it works quite well. I got rid of many ads:
For all other ads: Try to catch yourself watching as them. When you catched yourself, go on with your life.
For example I look at tobacco ads quite frequently. I have no idea why - I don’t even smoke.
They work against your financial freedom. They work against your happiness.
Do not let them punch holes into your stomach and your purse.