Virtual consumption, sustainability and human well-being

Kenneth R. Pike, C. Tyler Desroches

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    Abstract

    There is widespread consensus that present patterns of consumption could lead to the permanent impossibility of maintaining those patterns and, perhaps, the existence of the human race. While many patterns of consumption qualify as ‘sustainable’ there is one in particular that deserves greater attention: virtual consumption. We argue that virtual consumption – the experience of authentic consumptive experiences replicated by alternative means – has the potential to reduce the deleterious consequences of real consumption by redirecting some consumptive behaviour from shifting material states to shifting information states.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)361-378
    Number of pages18
    JournalEnvironmental Values
    Volume29
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2020

    Keywords

    • Experience machine
    • Nozick
    • Sustainability
    • Virtual consumption
    • Well-being

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Philosophy

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