These days, it seems more and more people are enticed and entranced by the allure of the convenience & ease of online shopping. It was a natural progression once the internet age started, and things – as well as people became more and more connected.
Nowadays, if you live in a far-flung area of the world, but just have to have that new thing that just popped up on the market in the larger cities, usually it’s just a few clicks away, and soon, that item is whizzing speedily to your door! If all goes well, you have just saved yourself time, gas, and a little bit of sanity.
Was the savings truly worth it in every sense of the word? One of the things that is missing from that equation that seems to be pretty important is “going out”. Think about it………if you have a choice of going to a store to shop for what you want, or clicking a few buttons and have the item delivered into your hands…….which one do you choose? Most people nowadays will choose the latter, even if the item they want is not too far from their physical location! Now, granted, this is a huge boon for those who are mobility-challenged, as it gives them the comforts that they desire, so there are some positive spins to this whole thing. For a majority of people though, it seems sometimes like a further compartmentalization of our world.
Gaming is another arena that has turned to this form of cooperation. I remember when playing multi-player meant you invited your friends over to your house – or you went to theirs – and you all gathered around with snacks, drinks, and gaming fun. Nowadays, you connect with people online and through social media to play. This works for your friends that are far away, but the games these days are only geared for this – no more local multiplayer options – at least not very many. I guess I’m just old-school minded when it comes to doing things like gathering for conversation or going shopping. I prefer the company of friends and family in real-time, face-to-face in the same room over just shooting text over social media in easy, bite-size chunks……..but that’s just me.
Whether it’s good for you or not, it seems the online world is becoming the norm rather than the exception. It is what it is. Take it for what you will and enjoy what you can!