Creators create, consumers consume what has been created. Consumers watch TV, creators write the script. Consumers play the game, creators design and make the game.
There are all kinds of creators and consumers I guess, from chefs and gourmets to artists and art collectors. Architects and people who like buying cool houses, mechanics/engineers and car enthusiasts, graphic designers and whoever uses their designed software.
In the end though the situation is always the same, on one hand we have a person or a group of people who created something, and on the other hand we have a person or a group of people that bought and "consumed" it. (There is a fine line between creator and someone doing what he's paid to do though)
I'm wondering on which side the grass is greener on the psychological level. Given that the creator likes to create what he's creating, and the consumer likes to consume what he's consuming, which is going to be happier? The artist while he paints, or the person while he admires the painting, the chef while he creates the recipe and cooks, or the person enjoying the food afterwards, the game developer or the person playing the game?
Is the creator or the consumer more likely to be happy in the short (while it is being created vs while it is being consumed) and long term? (after it has been created vs after it has been consumed)
And what are the long term effects on our brains by spending most of our days creating (be it writing, painting, welding or programming or whatever) versus the long term effects on our brains by spending most of our days consuming ? (watching tv, playing video games, eating fast food or mindlessly browsing the internet)
Or in just one question: how will it affect a persons mind to go from being mostly a consumer to being mostly a creator or vice versa?