The 9 Struggles Of Being An Online Shopping Addict

The 9 Struggles Of Being An Online Shopping Addict

"Place My Order" gives me all the feels.
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I have unfortunately always been cursed with a weakness for shopping, yet at the ripe old age of 14 I was ~shipped~ (ha, puns but just kidding -- I wanted to go) off to boarding school, and I feared for the worst. I was in the middle of nowhere, with no means of transportation, and the nearest store was a Big Y grocery store. Not ideal. So, being the adaptable clothing hoarder that I am, I put my talents to work on the world wide web, and I am pleased to say that I have developed into a systematic, efficient, and skilled online shopper. And therein lies the problem. My expertise has turned into an addiction, so here are the nine struggles of being an online shopping addict.

1. You figure out which websites have free shipping and use it as justification.

I will spend ridiculous amounts of money on jeans, but they second you ask me to pay for shipping I'm out. Also, if you don't have free return labels I quit too. I'm an online shopper, I'm obviously lazy.

2. You have an amazing eye for which brands or cuts will look good on your body.

I love off the shoulder tops, but I've ordered enough to know that my man shoulders look horrendous in them, so alas. On the other hand, trial and error has led me to my favorite denim brands, so not all is lost. Plus nothing beats trying things on in the comfort of my own room so no one can see when I can't even get one leg in a dress.

3. You know where to look if one website doesn't have your size.

Oh bookmarked website A doesn't have that bathing suit in my size? Let me just head over to bookmarked website B, ah yes there it is. Ooh, maybe I actually like that color better anyways.

4. You scroll through the new clothing sections often enough that you recognize what is actually recently added.

Just in? Lies, I saw this last week.

5. Your credit card information is saved so you can skip right to "place my order". Dangerous.

One-click shopping is absolutely incredible. My wallet would disagree, but you know you've made it when a website has your shipping, billing, and payment information raring and ready to go.

6. You know where everyone's clothes are from and how much they cost.

I like your shirt I almost bought it.

7. Your shopping cart is never empty.

Sometimes I'm so pleasantly surprised when I look at the gems that I've left in my cart. I forgot about you! And you've been sitting there for so long that now you're on sale?! What a time to be alive.

8. Sale sections are overwhelming for other people. Not for you.

For the faint of heart, the vast amount of clothing that is available online is terrifying. Where to even start? Once you're an online shopper, you are able to navigate the seemingly endless pages of clothing whether you are sorting your searches by price and color, or figuring out which websites to hit up for bathing suits (RIP all of my money for like three triangles) and which to check for formal dresses (not trying to be twins with five girls in my sorority). Or you can be so advanced like myself where you just hit "view all" and let your extremely trained eye do the work. Who said you can't win on talent alone?

9. Your wish list is also never empty because you want to buy everything and every day is a test of your self-restraint.

I think that some of the things on my wish lists have been there for years. Sometimes I look back and just what was I thinking. But the point is, online shopping is an addiction. And for a generation that loves immediate gratification (I open packages as soon as I get them and put on my new clothes over what I'm already wearing, it's just so exciting), there is nothing better than being a quick click from having all of the beautiful clothes you could want right on your doorstep. Its seriously like getting Christmas presents. But on a random Tuesday.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?

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Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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