buying happiness: notes on consumption in the NY Times
I wonder how much of stuff consumption comes from the fact that experiences require a lot of free time as well as some disposable income (for food, travel, services, gear needed for the experience). The "stars" of the article do not have kids and they are in exceptionally flexible occupations. It's much more common to be time-poor, so a big dollop of stuff consumption may be more viable than a time-consuming experience. Like swallowing sugar instead of chewing through complex carbs and fiber.
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