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By N. Osbaldiston

The world over, there was a becoming dissatisfaction with the pace of contemporary lifestyles. defined easily because the 'slow phenomenon', this quantity explores this new model of dwelling that involves now not easily slowing down yet an embracing of other actions that advertise which means, thoughtfulness, engagement and authenticity.

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Indeed, by 2011, Time magazine had identified ‘collaborative consumption’ as one of its 10 ideas that will change the world. And a few months later, Atlantic magazine predicted that ‘sharing is the inevitable next stage of the information revolution’ (Gansky 2011). While the phenomenon is still in its early stages in many product and service categories, its combination of economic rationality, technological infrastructure and cultural appeal will likely lead it to grow significantly over the next decade (Schor 2010).

Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig, for example, in their theoretically sophisticated exploration of slow living, rightly accept that ‘the global everyday is not characterised by singular experiences of speed and geographical dislocation but by the negotiation of an increasingly complex co-existence of different temporalities and spatial contexts’. Slow living is thus ‘a result of, and response to, the radically uneven and heterogeneous production of space and time in post-traditional societies’ (Parkins and Craig 2006, p.

Those where goods are exchanged a second time). In addition, digital technology and sophisticated online software reduced what had traditionally been high transaction costs in these secondary markets. These transaction costs include the search time necessary to find buyers, given the relative absence of middle-men; buyers’ need for good reputational information about sellers; and the relative shortage of cash which is more common among participants in secondary markets. So a combination of technological and economic changes facilitated the growth of connected consumption.

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