The Nature of “Want”

Why do many people constantly want new things?

Let me rephrase this another way:

Why do people want new things after learning that this new thing exists?

Let’s imagine a scenario where an individual walks into a electronics store and notices a really nice set of headphones. After noticing the headphones, this person wants to purchase them right away since they seem really awesome, even though their current set they own is perfectly fine and capable of meeting their needs.

In this scenario, why does this person all of a sudden want this item – despite never wanting this item until they learned of its existence?

Up to the point of learning about this new pair of headphones, this individual was probably happy & satisfied with their current set of headphones, so why do they feel like they need these new headphones for satisfaction?

What if this new pair of headphones was never created? Is it possible for this person to think about wanting this item, or would they live their life without ever wanting this item?

Could it be that the nature of “want” is driven by the constant desire to purchase goods as we learn of their existence rather than truly desiring this item without any external influence?



3 Replies to “The Nature of “Want””

  1. You’re making a very good point. Personally, I try to prevent that by almost never buying things, especially expensive things, the first time I see them. I only get them if they’re still stuck in my mind a couple of days later, which almost never happens. It’s not always foolproof, and I might still get caught up in the simple novelty of something, but it does separate a little what would genuinely make me happier from momentary excitement.

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    1. Your method of holding off on impulse purchasing does make a lot of sense. As you said, it gives you an opportunity to determine if you truly want something that makes you happy. Thanks again for reading!!

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