My Strange Addiction: Online Shopping


Enya Pooler, Reporter

In times of craziness, people from around the country are trying to find things to occupy their time. 

As stores are closed, our closets are beginning to feel empty too. The only solution is online shopping.

Online shopping satisfies the needs of the feeling of buying something new and not having to go anywhere to do it. One-click and the items are there at your doorstep.

Seems pretty straightforward until you rely only on the computer to get your everyday needs. Who would have thought you could get every item you need in day-to-day life delivered to your doorstep? Online shopping ranges from groceries to medications to home decor to clothing items of all kinds. No wonder people become addicted to this way of living. 

We are surrounded by advertising that tells us that buying will make us happy. We are encouraged by politicians to spend as a way of boosting the economy. And, for some of us, there is an allure of wanting what everyone else seems to have. Consumerism, by our intentions or not (or some combination), has become a measure of social worth.

“Amazon changed my life,” said  mother and teacher Michelle Neal. “One click, and I get it the same day.However, I do get distracted.There are ads for things I am interested in and end up buying what my computer shows me.

It is so easy for people to become obsessed with the satisfaction of finding something you want and knowing you can get it. While shopping online, consumers can get caught up in the illusion that they are not spending money. Your credit card gets debited, and that removes the mechanics of shopping. It feels suitable for a moment, but because it’s a temporary state, you do it again and again.