The COVID19 Pandemic and Online Shopping and Ordering

How many things do you think you have ordered online in the last year? Whatever number you come up with, double it. That’s right, it is said that most people nearly doubled their consumption of online goods and participated in some form of online shopping more than ever before. You might be sitting there wondering how on earth this is possible.  Well, I am here to tell you that there a few different factors that have gone into this surplus of online ordering and shopping, The biggest one is the COVID19 pandemic – unless you have been living completely underground for the past year and a half, you have not only heard of but been greatly affected by this pandemic. Most people found themselves locked at home with nowhere to go due to all stores, restaurants, and various places of work being shut down for the time being. This meant that many people had to turn to the internet for their basic necessities as well as random goods that they may be wanting to get their hands on.

I know for myself, I spent hours online surfing the internet for new things that I could buy. It is kind of insane when you think about how consumerist our society has become. Honestly, it makes me a bit scared to think about the generations to come, and how they will continue to be affected by our online and consumer product reliance. I often think about my future and wonder if I will witness the collapse of the United States or even the world. That is a very scary thought and one that I don’t like to think about. I really just want to live in peace for the rest of my life. Sorry, that was a little bit off track – what I was saying earlier is that I definitely have ordered way more things online in the past year than I have ever ordered previously.

Another reason for this mass online ordering is because it has never been easier to get online. Nevermind the fact that most people have nice laptops or computers at home that they can access literally all of the time, but now we live in the age of smartphones! I can order anything from anywhere, and get it delivered to anywhere, all with my phone. I could be standing in the middle of a grassy field and, as long as I have service, order some random product to be delivered to my house in 2 days. We truly live in a crazy time for technological advancements. It is no wonder that many people end up going into credit card debt by online shopping – many companies go to great lengths to make it as easy as possible for people to spend their money on products that they don’t need. 

And don’t even get me started on shipping. Nowadays, most products are shipped in nice boxes or poly bags and delivered right to your door in literally a few days. Sure, we are probably destroying our environment and our earth day by day with the countless poly bags and packing materials going into landfills; but hey, I get my stuff on time and in good condition! And I believe that that is truly the American dream.

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