By Nicole Lyn Pesce, Moneyish
November 10, 2017 | 10:25am | Updated
Shop ’til you plop.
Almost half of Americans admit they will be doing their holiday shopping from the toilet this year.
Yes, the 2017 PayPal Money Habits report reveals that the 80 percent of Americans who plan to shop via their mobile devices this season will be bargain-hunting from literally everywhere, with 46 percent dropping their cash while they’re sitting on the john. And that’s a 24 percent increase from last year.
This backs a 2012 report that counted more than 38 million Americans shopping on their smartphones in the bathroom. And Gen Z is particularly comfortable with shopping on the go, according to a 2015 MasterCard survey, which counted 41.6 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 browsing while on the bowl.
That’s not the only intimate place where friends and family will be shopping for each other. Couples curious about what their partners are picking out for them might want to sleep with one eye open, since PayPal also reports that about half (49 percent) of Americans will make purchases in bed for their significant other sleeping right next to them.
Bosses beware: 42 percent of workers said they will holiday shop from the office. And 35 percent of multi-tasking shoppers will actually be making purchases on their phones even as they’re walking through brick-and-mortar stores.
Mobile shopping, which has been going viral for years, is expected to hit $284 billion, or 45 percent of the total US e-commerce market, by 2020.
Convenience and flexibility are what are luring people to make mobile purchases in the first place, with exactly half of mobile shoppers telling PayPal that the ability to shop from anywhere is the reason they shop on their phones. And 31 percent credit mobile orders with allowing them to buy a present on the fly as soon as they get the gift idea — or before it’s sold out.
Just don’t expect your buddies to favor you over their fur babies. PayPal also found that while most respondents (80 percent) will buy gifts for their friends, they will spend less on them than the whopping $85 they’ve earmarked for their pets’ holiday presents. Woof.