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The study: Unfortunately not independent
The study is, unfortunately, anything but independent: it became Airbnb, a marketplace for private accommodation, in collaboration with TNS Emnid and Professor Dr. Harald Heinrichs of Leuphana University Lüneburg. Here you can download it for free.
Of course, Airbnb does not want to show quite unselfishly that the so-called Collaborative Consumption Movement is more than a media phenomenon. After all: According to the Company In just five months, more than 10 million overnight stays of Airbnb were mediated.
More than 55 Percentage of the Sharing Economy
Unfortunately, the numbers and infographics of the study, unfortunately unilaterally based on Airbnb, are somewhat more accurate: More than every second German (55 per cent) is already part of the sharing economy. Apparently the majority of Germans have already gained experience with alternative forms of consumption.
No wonder we live in a changing economy: Sustainability aspects such as environmental sustainability (89 percent) or the social responsibility of a company (84 percent) are now almost as crucial for buying decisions as the price of a product or service.
Community more important than ownership
Further drivers for the advancing co-consump- tion are so-called post-materialist values: Ownership and property are the least important for Germans compared to other values such as "community", "creativity" and "variety".
Surprisingly: One in four Germans is already an active consumer - the Airbnb study identifies one of the four consumer types based on values, trust and income. These show that alternative forms of ownership are already widespread across all age and income levels.
Cleverly jumped on the sustainability train?
study leader Professor Harald Heinrichs says:
"Whether buying from private to private, booking a private accommodation for vacation or sharing rarely used items ... Especially the younger generation has rediscovered the benefits of an economy of sharing and revitalizes them thanks to internet technology. There is great potential here for a new sustainability, which should also be supported politically and socially. "
I am still of the opinion that Airbnb is skipping on the sustainability train here. The Silicon Valley Foundation, which is not quite an immodest pioneer of the Collaborative Consumption movement, is itself a profit-oriented and not socially oriented company, which should always be kept in the back of the head.
Are we already all the world champions in part?
And whether the economy of sharing has finally arrived in Germany and the study provides proof of how Airbnb claims in its press release, one can be quite critical.
But it will be more and more in this direction, because fewer and fewer people have money for expensive hotels, which is relatively clear. In general, the economic trend is moving away from rigid ownership, towards more sustainability and flexibility.
From having to being
We are heading for a change in the economy, as well as recognized economic experts. Away from having to be, free to Erich Fromm. Gunnar Froh, Managing Director of Airbnb in Germany, is accordingly approaching the company's approach:
"Airbnb is also so successful because we create unique experiences that mean more to people than material goods. The Airbnb study proves that society is changing in a sustainable way and that in the meantime it is more about access to individual experiences than about ownership. "
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