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(Yahoo)   Think that new video Ipod will make you happy? Nope you're dead nuts wrong   ( ) divider line
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2539 clicks; posted to Geek » on 20 Jul 2006 at 10:12 PM (10 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-07-20 09:09:24 PM  
I'm surprised these hippies had time to do that study, since I would imagine selling tie-dyes down at the co-op must be quite time consuming.
2006-07-20 10:20:43 PM  
My video iPod will make me as happy as possible while living in the USA. If I lived in Vanuatu, I concede that I probably would be fine without it.
2006-07-20 10:46:38 PM  
I am very happy with my iPod. I'd be really happy with a video iPod but I can live without one.
2006-07-20 10:49:08 PM  

Technology sucks. But I like my computer. And my microwave. And the reliability of my computer controlled car engine. And satellite tv. Oh well, I guess I like technology. My life is better cus I've a dishwasher. Right? Gotta go, cus I gotta pay for all this shiat with my third job.

I saw these guys- Daniel Staub & Kristin Brennan on the Today show. They live rather simply. Not Kazinsky simple, just simply. Here's a link to the NPR audio story- there's a vid on the Today show website, but I'm lazy linky
2006-07-20 11:08:21 PM  
Deez nuts wrong?
2006-07-20 11:08:41 PM  
Actually, I'd be pretty sad without electricity.

/sunlight burns me
2006-07-20 11:25:50 PM  
Sweet, finally after years of trying. I popped my post cherry..
2006-07-21 12:10:51 AM  
I love my iPod video - it HAS made me happier.
2006-07-21 01:14:46 AM  
It's not the tech itself. It's the insane desire to one-up your neighbor that makes you unhappy.

Do what you want and ignore what other people have. You'll be more content and you'll live longer to boot. :) Plus, you'll be happy. Clawing for the top is not what makes a fulfilled life, and this study indirectly proves that, IMO. Thinking for yourself and not being a slave to some manufactured ideal that you are not fine the way you are will give you heartburn. ;) It's not necessarily consumption that makes for hollow "satisfaction", but the relentless pursuit of the "top" or "the best" or "more than my neighbor".

Living like the Amish is not going to make you happier, either. :) Unless you're Amish. Then if you are... how the heck are you reading this?

// just a thought. :)
2006-07-21 02:39:30 AM  
I didn't own an iPod, and thought that getting one might make me happier, so I bought one.

Well, guess what? It did make me happier.
2006-07-21 02:52:56 AM  
I already have an iPod. But if I had a Vespa I'd be happy.

For a while, anyway.

(A new TV would also be good, though. Mine blew-up a month ago.)
2006-07-21 05:46:37 AM  
Apparently you CAN buy happiness. I saw it on ebay.
2006-07-21 07:40:49 AM  
heh, I thought this was going to be another one of those ipod killer articles - a newer tech toy better than the ipod.

Of course posessions don't make you happy, they just help to make you more comfortable. Happiness is a state of mind, not a set of circumstances.
2006-07-21 10:26:07 AM  
Well, I wouldn't say that my ZVM has made me happier, just a hell of alot less pissed off

2006-07-21 11:17:43 AM  
Well hell, if you live in an island paradise, you are probably pretty damn happy.

I live on a farm, and I'm pretty happy when I'm out there. Rarely see any TV, rarely use the computer.

Here at work, surrounded by technology, I have to Fark for happiness.
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