Overemphasis on immediate superficial needs

Other Names:
Superfluous needs
Immediate needs mentality

The technological community's emphasis upon the concept of growth as the embodiment of progress and its stress on efficiency for its own sake results in an impulsive reaction to the immediate and merely superficial needs of society. The understanding of progress as development is thwarted; and any effective anticipation and meeting of long-range, deeply-rooted needs is ultimately lost. Technology has thus created a self-perpetuating system which creates a market for its products by responding primarily to its own inner needs.


Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
21.12.2017 – 17:28 CET