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"Advertising as a major source of human dissatisfaction: Cross-national evidence on one million Europeans"
voxeu.org/article/advertising-

@globalc Over the last many years I have worked very hard to reduce advertising exposure to my family. It is super clear how bad it is whenever we are unfiltered (like on vacation or when the kids visit their friend's homes). But, I put a lot of effort into this hobby and I often forget how difficult it is for the average person to even realize that there is a problem to solve.

@makuharigaijin I am not yet married, do not have family/relatives here in Japan where I live. Doing something good for family relations is for me a different tradeoff: so far I did go twice per year back to Germany, which is dislike for environmental reasons.

As for advertising, for me it's just an other argument of how the current system is working not in the peoples interest, but against them.

@globalc Now that I've read the actual link you posted, that is not something I think I have put together clearly in my thoughts on all this. For me, I try to reduce my exposure to advertising because I don't wish to be manipulated. But the root of that manipulation is making one feel that they are not happy until they acquire more product. So, advertising can be a major source of depression as well. Makes sense. Good link!

@globalc The more I think about this, the more I'm realizing how much of my life is devoted to avoiding advertising. And the effects are real! Take soap. For all my life up until a few years ago, I used tons of soap every day for bathing. I also had horrible skin issues. Then, one day I took the red pill and stopped using soap almost entirely. I don't smell, my skin is healthier than ever, I pay less for soap, and have less to clean up! But you will not see ads for not using soap!

@makuharigaijin This is actually quite a fnord for me: deo sticks and shower gel are in Japan considerably more expansive than in Europe.

As for ads, I think that I also have developed a kind of tendency to avoid ads, when I notice them. Without them, not only would people buy less useless things, also the resources for ads would be used better.

Some very successful companies ad strategy is to not have ads, they use use the word of mouth.

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