If I hear one more pitch about a product or service taking advantage of "the sharing economy," I'm going to shoot a hole right through my Uber app.
Companies like Uber, Airbnb, DoorDash and Rover are touted as hallmarks of a new, more collaborative economy. These business models are a kinder, gentler way of commerce — you don't rent a car, you share one; you don't pay for a hotel room, you share a couch; you don't hire a dog walker, someone "shares" your dog.
Oh, you millennials.
News flash: You're not really sharing anything. You're paying for services. Sharing a car is when you carpool to work for free. Sharing your house is when you let your adult daughter move home for a semester of law school (sigh), or when you and some strangers swap houses without swapping any money. Sharing your dog is when you and another person actually share a dog because you're both busy, and you each pay for half the upkeep. That's "sharing."