Some purchase goods via Internet as way to boost mood


Online shopping is a popular activity during the MCO period. — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

WITH the conditional movement control order (MCO) extended until June 9, some have turned to online shopping as a form of retail therapy.

Some of them find happiness in making the odd purchase, while others stick to online grocery shopping only.

Tan O.S, 33, a public relations executive, said he had been working from home for more than three weeks.

As he was spending a lot more time online, he said the temptation was there and he rewarded himself sometimes for keeping strong during the pandemic.

“What I end up doing is buying stuff to give myself a little pick-me-up.

“I am not depressed, because that is a serious condition, but I do feel a bit down.

“I bought myself an expensive gaming console Although it will only arrive after the MCO is lifted, it gives me something to look forward to,” he added.

Grace Yim, 49, a homemaker, said she seldom shopped online, but since the MCO was implemented she had purchased 15 different items online.

Yim said most of them were household items.

“Online shopping is one way to make me happy during this period.

“I check out online sites three times a day,” she added.

Yvonne Chan, 43, a housewife, said boredom and online shopping was a lethal combination.

She said it could be disastrous for one’s finances, but she admitted that online shopping or browsing made it easier to pass the time.

“It is somewhat of a stress reliever but the effect is temporary.

“However, as soon as the parcel arrives, the excitement is gone,” she added.

Chan said she had so many things at home which she had no use for as a result of shopping online when she was bored or down.

Flight officer Steven Aden, 40, said online shopping served as a distraction from the unhappiness one was feeling.

He said it gave a sense of joy and fun when indulging in online shopping and a personal sense of achievement in owning an item.

“During the MCO, when I feel down, I order a couple of games for my gaming console.

“This makes my day, giving me a reprieve from feeling down,” he added.

Accountant R. Deviyah Daranee, 29, said since the MCO, online platforms had been a connection to the outside world.

She said for her, beyond social media platforms, retail therapy served to help control any negative emotions she might have.

“However, I keep in mind that tougher times are ahead of us and we need to prepare for a potential recession and unemployment.

“Thus, online shopping offers a short-term solution for some, but the effects of it should be weighed up carefully,” she added.

An expatriate from Brazil staying here said she had never been much of a consumer.

Renata Desimone Evangelista Fiock da Silva, 42, said even if she felt sad or tired, she would never choose online shopping as a distraction.

“My online purchases during this period are the required essentials only,” she added.

Self-employed Sharmila Shazy, 44, said since the MCO took effect, she felt it was not safe to visit

shopping centres, supermarkets and even the wet market.

“For groceries, I prefer to shop online.

“So all food items and other necessities are ordered online and delivered to my house,” she said, adding that she never purchased unnecessary items online.

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