I was watching some car videos & are across this one about planned obesolesence.
He went into automobiles of course & collusion of light bulb manufacturers in the 1920’s. I remember the Volkswagen ads of the early 1960’s. They talked about Volkswagen reliability but said there was no need a a picture of the new model because it was exactly the same as the previous model. Of course Volkswagen is into the planned obsolescence game now. And of course Apples’s iPhone & iPads. He brings up the operating systems updates that slow the speed of older iPhones. Apple’s argument was that the updates were to prolong battery use between chargings. Perhaps true but it made users less satisfied with their iPhone model & likely led to a purchase of the current model.
The continuing upgrading of products leads to more mineral mining & resulting pollution. Also increased use of land for landfills. And the perpetual consumer on the treadmill buying stuff; many of the consumers utilizing credit & paying more due to interest.
If products were made better & the consumer not manipulated by manufacturers with advertising, planned obsolescence & in the case of Apple’s software updates perhaps people would not need to work a 40 hour week? Or perhaps work a 40 hour week but the need for a working career of 40 years is reduced to 30 or 20 years?