I've read quite recently Euromonitor's report “The Fast Consumer”. Interesting stuff me thinks. No big news. In our modern and affluent societies we live on two constant modes: one hectic, of complete acceleration and another one of deceleration as a counterbalance result.
Stress, success subservience, lack of time, compulsive connectivity, urban caothic multi-tasked lifes are mixed up equally with the quest for more simplicity, switching of (enternaiment, cocooning, leisure activities), convenience and converge of solutions (functional and healthy foods, gadgets with multi-applications). So here you go, this is the real picture of the much celebrated 21st-century lifestyle. Well as far as I'm concerned, Mr. Damon Albarn was indeed right: “Modern life is rubbish”.