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The rise of the anxiety economy

Two Kickstarter campaigns set out to raise money to create products that claimed to relieve stress. Both made millions, but more importantly: They helped to create an entire economy out of the treatment of anxiety with simple products.

Despite the lack of scientific data, these products became so popular because people who watched the video donated with the belief that the devices might actually work.

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The question that needs to be asked is if millions of dollars should be made in the economy of anxiety products.

It is easy to create a market around anxiety. The groundwork has been made. The market is ready to invest in non-medical and alternative forms of treatment.

The Fidget Cube became the 10th most funded project of all time. That was because of a few factors:

  • The fidget spinner is a product that we can relate to because most of us feel the need to fidget.
  • A well-produced satirical video went viral
  • It was a novelty of a...

The product team of Futurism noticed articles about the science of sleep and stress were getting a lot of traffic. They took the old idea of weighted blankets, used to treat children with autism and other disorders, gave it a new look, and marketed it with the promise that it could rel...

Anxiety affects 18.1 percent of Americans each year and almost one-third of Americans over their lifetimes.

There might be many probable causes, for instance, social media or toxins. Or, we might be overdiagnosing anxiety. Either way, those who suffer from anxiety want a solution...

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