Smartphones are helping kill the mall

Smartphones are helping kill the mall

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There are so many ways to “window shop” with apps from the Google Play Store, that the convenience is what convinced us to stay home.

Have you heard? America’s mega shopping malls are on the decline. The latest figures reveal that about one-fourth of the malls-of-yore left in the country will go the way of the Dodo within the next five years. But is anyone surprised? With the proliferation of so many at-your-door delivery services and online shopping rates at their highest, it appears that the modern way to window shop is with your smartphone.

Granted, there actually are a host of other reasons why shopping malls are no longer a Great American Staple, including the fact that many retailers have simply ceased operations. But I still can’t help but wonder if the reason fewer people make it to the store is that there is simply no need when everything can be accessed at the push of a button.

You don’t even have to talk to anyone

Get yourself a new patio set without having to set up a creepy meeting.

I’m so anxious to get started on remodeling, that I’ve taken to spending my evenings on the Galaxy Tab S3 looking for furniture in the Wayfair app, and “trying it on” in my living room with the included silly camera effect. It’s easier than driving across town to the nearest furniture outlet to look at what’s on display or having to endure IKEA, and I can do this all from the comfort of my home without the pressure of a salesperson breathing down my neck to buy something.

I’m not just looking at new furniture though — I’m open to bringing in a second-hand piece through Letgo if it’s something that might match my decor. I haven’t had much success with the app yet,

Article originally published at: Android Central