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Is The Gig Economy Ruining Your Friendships?




A man shops at the Food Town grocery store on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
A man shops at the Food Town grocery store on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
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Need an egg to finish a recipe? With apps like Postmates and Instacart, your next door neighbor might be the last place you look to get it. 

Rides to the airport, dog walks and trips to the grocery store once used to be the types of favors a good friend or a kind neighbor could be relied on to execute. But now, those that can afford it are increasingly turning to app-based hourly workers to carry out daily tasks. In a piece for Slate, writer Susie Armitage writes about how the gig economy’s financial incentivization of favors could be reorganizing the way we interact with our communities. Favors are a crucial way that most acquaintances strengthen a bond and turn it into a friendship based on trust and reciprocity. By consistently outsourcing that work for pay, we might be reluctant to lean on others when we really need them.

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