What has awesome deals like Black Friday but gives you the chance to shop in your pajamas from the comfort of your couch and avoid interacting with humans? Cyber Monday! Established in 2005, Cyber Monday is the Internet’s answer to brick-and-mortar holiday shopping. So get out your credit card, open your favorite retail website, and prepare to shop, because the Monday after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year!
Why We Love Cyber Monday
A. It gives us an excuse to be anti-social
After the madness of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, most of us just want some alone time. Cyber Monday gives us the respite we need. The whole universe of Internet shopping is at our fingertips, and we don't have to interact with a single human being to buy what we want!
B. We don't have to get dressed
When it comes to Internet shopping, it's all about you. Nobody to please, nowhere to go—shoes and even clothes are optional. If you want to snuggle up on the couch in nothing but your boxers, nobody can stop you.
C. Cyber Monday has deals you won't find on Black Friday
Cyber Monday deals are typically offered by smaller retailers and focus more heavily on fashion than technology. On average, there are 45% more clothing deals and 50% more shoe deals on Cyber Monday than on Black Friday.
How to Celebrate Cyber Monday
1. Instead of a lunch break, take a shop break
The downside of Cyber Monday is that, well, it's on a Monday. Most of us have to work. But who needs a lunch break? On Cyber Monday, take a shop break! Eating can wait.
2. Indulge your inner Internet shopaholic
It's okay to let your freak flag fly once a year. If you secretly love Internet shopping but willfully don't let yourself indulge, Cyber Monday is the one day you can browse the Internet all day and feel not a shred of guilt.
3. Crowdsource website recommendations
Since you're browsing the Internet on Cyber Monday, you're probably already on Facebook. Expand your shopping horizons by asking your Facebook friends to share their favorite e-commerce websites. Then prepare to be led down a pleasurable rabbit hole of Internet shopping paradise.