I know that men in general don’t like shopping. When I was younger I vividly remember my dad fidgeting in the mall and calling for us to hurry up and be done with the buying already. Growing up, I didn’t have any male friends who were thrilled at the prospect of accompanying their girlfriends to a shopping spree. Paulie is an exception though. But it’s no surprise, seeing how he’s vainer than I am in all aspects that one can possibly be vain about.
So what is it with shopping that men hate most about? I thought hard about that, mind you, and I finally came to this conclusion: it’s the seemingly fruitless hours of wandering aimlessly. I think that’s the key difference between men and women when it comes to shopping: when men go to shops, they already have a specific purchase in mind. So they go straight to that item, pick it up and give it to the saleslady, and pay for it. Simple as pie.
Women, on the other hand, well, let’s just say we like to take our sweet time deciding on what to buy. And even if we have already made a firm decision at home to buy a particular item, we get easily dazzled by the other things on display that more often than not we end up buying everything else, but not what we originally came to the shops for.
I do not have the exact statistics for men and online shopping, though I can imagine that men prefer online shops over brick-and-mortar ones, and silently thank the internet for this wonderful gift. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day men will out-shop women when it comes to this method of buying stuff. I guess when that day comes men and women can finally reach a mutual understanding of the wonders of shopping.