Shop in a store? No thanks, I have a phone
In an ideal world, one in which I am not the world's worst holiday shopping procrastinator with no choice but to brave the mall this weekend, I'd completely avoid the cramped chaos there and do all of my shopping by phone.
Many Americans are already on it.
Mobile shopping is exploding in popularity this year, according to a front-page column in today's Times by retail reporter Susan Thurston. Shoppers are buying stuff from their phones 55 percent more than they did in 2012, and PayPal found that 86 percent of consumers planned to do some of their holiday shopping via mobile devices. (Geez!)
The PayPal survey also revealed some interesting factlets about our shopping habits. I won't undress everything for you here, but let's just say 11 percent of people surveyed said they preferred to shop sans clothing, and 15 percent said they like to shop while having a drink.
Read Susan's great column and confess: Do you prefer to shop by phone? Does anyone like going to stores anymore? What is the SOCIAL COST OF IT ALL?