It’s no secret that we live in a materialistic society. From the designer stores on Madison Avenue to the estate homes in the Hamptons, New Yorkers love to own beautiful things. But as the economy continues to move at a snail’s pace and budgets remain tight, it appears as though this affinity for ownership is about to be turned on its head with Carpingo’s New York car share service.
New York Car Share and the Shared Economy
It’s called the Shared Economy, and it’s the biggest shift in attitudes to happen since the consumerism caused by the industrial revolution. Instead of taking pride in what they own, New Yorker’s are now enjoying more value by owning less property. It’s a move that’s changing not only the social fabric of our vibrant city; it has the potential to redefine the American dream. From Carpingo’s New York car share to alternative energy and co-working spaces, sharing is the new standard of success in New York… and it’s something we couldn’t be more excited about!
We Live in a Sharable World
Dis-ownership isn’t about denying yourself the luxuries in life, rather, it’s a re-imagining of life’s necessities. Driven by online social networks, the concept of sharing and collaboration has become increasingly ingrained into our everyday lifestyles. Today, people are realizing that they can enjoy almost all of the benefits of owning, without any of the hassles or costs of buying. At Carpingo, our New York car share programs make it easier for you to avoid costly insurance and maintenance costs, but still enable you to enjoy the freedom of a personal vehicle.
For the first time in a long time, the mantra of “I want, I need, I must have,” is starting to fade. Stuff is no longer the ultimate status symbol. Now, it’s what you’re smart enough not to own that sets you apart from the crowd.
It’s Not Just Generational
Baby Boomers and members of Generation Y alike are embracing a less materialistic outlook on life. Today, “owning” something doesn’t necessarily mean it has to have a permanent place in your life. According to Strengths Doctors, a consulting firm that focuses on changing values, millennial and middle-aged soccer moms alike are experiencing an evolution of consciousness. Facilitated by technology (practically every one of us has something on the “cloud” – that ethereal arena where modern entertainment now resides), dis-ownership is impacting practically every American demographic.
After living through the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, more and more people are embracing the fact that relationships and experiences are far more important than material possessions. As such, boomers and millennial alike are taking a new approach to their purchasing decisions. While more and more members of Generation Y are avoiding investing in personal vehicles, fewer Boomers are traveling and buying luxury items, preferring instead to downsize and move closer to their children.
While it’s common for cultural shifts to start with members of the younger generation, it appears that the Shared Economy has become a mainstream mentality.
What Does it Really Mean to Own Something?
When it comes down to it, people just aren’t that excited about owning things anymore. “Pride of ownership” is no longer something that is strived for. This is partially a side effect of our credit culture; today we can buy what we want, when we want, simply by pulling out our credit card and charging it to our account. Gone is the anticipation, planning and waiting to purchase and own something prestigious.
Green is the New Black
When you get more by owning less, not only do you save money, but you also help contribute to a greener future. At Carpingo, we’re committed to both convenience and environmental consciousness. By sharing a Carpingo New York car share, members have more access, making driving cheaper, greener and more enjoyable for everyone involved. As our New York car share membership increases, we’re confident that the number of cars on Brooklyn’s roadways will decrease, alleviating traffic congestion and unnecessary air pollution.
Now It’s All About Access
The best way to explain the Shared Economy and the rise of dis-ownership is through the understanding of access. While we used to buy records and record players, we now buy a smartphone that allows us to access an almost infinite amount of music online. Sure, we still “own” the phone, but that’s actually secondary – it’s what the phone enables use to do that matters. Our New York car share service is very similar.
The same goes with cars. It’s where the car takes you that’s important – not the car itself. With a Carpingo New York car share membership, you enjoy the freedom of a car, but only when you need it. Can you image what that could mean for car culture in general? Ensuing changes could be drastic, ultimately reorganizing our entire economy and even the design of our car-centric cities.
Isn’t it time you let go of your materialistic side?
Join Carpingo’s New York car share service today (right now, our popular Pay As You ‘Pingo plan is FREE to join for the first year) and become a member of the Shared Economy.