Ever since I was a little girl I remember hearing the hubbub surrounding Black Friday Shopping and all the discounts and sales that come with it. My dad always had to work and my mom would have us sleep at my Grandma’s house so she could go out with my Aunt to try and get us the newest toy or gaming system that my brother or I desired at that time. I remember watching the news with my Grandma and brother, and seeing all the people fighting over gadgets and us laughing at the shopping turmoil. Though Black Friday still exists in America, the day following Thanksgiving filled with numerous discounts and sales on materialistic goods, the access of the Internet and online shopping has taken away a lot from this day.
When I was younger, online shopping was not as much of a thing as it is now. Privacy and protection of online usage of credit cards has increased. My parents used to always say they would never trust the computer with their debit card information, and today online shopping is all that they do.
People used to rely on Black Friday deals to secure their children’s holiday wishes. Especially with the recession and fiscal problems in our country, many families need these deals. Online shopping however has allowed social media to push for sales to occur more then just on Black Friday. If you follow your favorite shops on Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook, you will see their secret discount promo codes in the captions, and also their different online sales that do not occur in stores. Some stores started sales on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving online, and some even started on Thanksgiving. This push on social media has definitely made the turn out on Black Friday to be less. The biggest phenomenon with social media and online shopping around this time, is Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the Monday following Thanksgiving where some stores offer even more sales then they do for in store on Black Friday. To many people, they would rather sleep in on Black Friday and recover from their Turkey binge eating, and do their holiday shopping from the comforts of their homes on Cyber Monday. To many this has become just commonplace, but to someone like me that was surrounded by Black Friday madness it kind of upsets me. It shows how reliant we have become on social media and online ordering and how lazy we have become. When will enough be enough? First we went from playing outside to playing video games indoors, then we went from shopping in stores to shopping solely online. Even banking has gone from depositing checks in person at the local bank, to instant check deposits from the mobile banking app. Technology and social media are influencing our day to day tasks, but when will enough be enough? This always brings me back to the movie Wall-e. We see how lazy and dependent society has become in this movie. When will it be too late for us? I am a huge person for traditions and feel that this is taking away from America’s crazy past time of Black Friday.