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Why Everything Is Exhausting

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Theresa Peterson, senior manager - insights, dentsu X US, on the antidote to consumer exhaustion

Why Everything Is Exhausting

dentsu X has recently launched “Ahead 2022: The Return to Why” - a short exploration into the motivation and rationale behind some of the key societal and media topics of the moment. Little Black Book is diving into this content to unearth new views and insights from dentsu X experts from around the globe, continuing with a thought starter on consumer exhaustion out of America…


Consumers are exhausted. 

The pandemic that was to end by Easter 2020 has marched on into 2022, and many of the anxieties and open questions of the early days have persisted and evolved. Through it, consumers have reacted to ever-changing guidelines with anxiety and strained social relationships. They’ve consistently formulated complicated calculi for determining the acceptability of social interactions, shouldered the burden of mitigating individual and collective risk, and adapted on a dime to school, business, and office openings and closures. On top of covid fatigue, inflation, rising gas prices, supply chain issues, climate change, and polarising debates disrupt consumers’ sense of certainty.  

The ensuing exhaustion will shape consumers’ expectations in 2022, permeating every aspect of their lives and transforming how they engage with brands. Limited patience is a key manifestation of consumer exhaustion that brands should consider.  

Consumers are unwilling to sift through a mountain of information or products to find what they need. Avoid overwrought, emotional messaging and instead opt for clear and straightforward communications that provide essential information. Ensure that inventories are up to date on the website so that consumers do not make an unnecessary trip to pick up an item that is not available. Offer personalised product choices, where available, to reduce the weight of decision-making and product research.  

The antidote to consumer exhaustion is rest - true rest, with no distractions or stimuli. Brands must be sure that their messaging offers succour instead of overstimulation. 

To uncover more thought starters and to explore some of the other views within Ahead 2022: The Return to Why, visit and download the free whitepaper from

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dentsu X, Wed, 18 May 2022 11:42:33 GMT