Really enjoyed this, I’ve been ruminating on similar thoughts lately so it was helpful to have it laid out so succinctly. Ever since I learned about how economics worked, I’ve been confused as to how seemingly useless things can be beneficial because they make money. Take pet rocks as an example — completely useless invention, but somehow people found value in it, and paid money for it.
Snapchat, facebook and the myriad of online dating apps available now have that same ‘useless but with value’ feel to them.
The solution is probably more complex than an article like this can discuss, but I’d suggest reading up on India’s ‘silicon valley’ to demonstrate a place where people are solving real problems, because they’ve lived real problems.