The curious origins of online shopping
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The world is seeing panic buying in supermarkets, with items like toilet paper, milk, soda, hand sanitizers, etc. flying off the shelves, especially in places with confirmed cases of the virus....
..is a principle which makes people do things so that they don't feel regretful later.
People are panic-buying for the same reason too, with social media and news media amplifying the sense of scarcity.
Shopping can be socially acceptable because consumerism is continually pushed on us in the forms of posters, adverts, and signs.
Shopping is also a way of life: You need food and clothing from stores. Even if you try to stop compulsive buying by avoiding the stores in person, there is still a world of online shopping.
Before the internet, we had to set time aside to walk and browse a physical store, which was only open for a certain number of hours.
Now, it has become effortless to buy things online from a...
According to research, we get a dopamine surge from buying stuff that causes us to want more and more.
Delayed gratification when the order arrives a few days later also makes is more physiologically rewarding than shopping in stores.
Some online shops have made it especially easy to shop with a one-click buying process. Most major retailers offer free shipping, and only one in ten consumers return stuff they've bought online.
Americans are also taking up more space with all the stuff they are amassing. Self-storage units are rapidly increasing too.