consumer

Hey, I just thought you should know that there are executives and economists and statisticians and people who work for various government agencies who know you exclusively as a “consumer.” You are interesting to them only in terms of the things you buy. Consumer behavior, consumer confidence, consumer spending: You are a human garbage disposal.

Of course, none of these folks picture a garbage disposal or anything like that when they use the word “consumer.” But it is how they talk about you.