...And sometimes the packaging can be quite attractive. It's still packaging, though, and in the end you are made to buy a "pig in a poke" as they used to say in the south.
What we do when we use "attractive" to manipulate ourselves into consumption, let alone consumptive patterns that are demonstrably bad for you, is quite destructive. Destructive on the level of relationships, and how we're able to trust, or not; as well as for whether we see relationships as needed intimacy, or just transactions to be one up on. And then, of course, we do this with every other aspect of our emotional makeup. And all of it ever more pervasive, seamlessly interfaced, and expertly engineered.
The surprise now should not be about how crazy things have become, but that they aren't a great deal crazier even than this. The result of a cold start perhaps. Don't get complacent, though. It is absolutely warming up.