Shopping – A Recreational Activity


We live in a world where every person is dealing with their day-to-day struggles of work, family and what not. All these do create a sense of pressure and frustration in an individual which they find difficult to cope with. This is when people look for recreational activities to rejuvenate their minds and the most common recreational activity is going on a shopping spree.

Shopping could be dislike for some while for many it is a satisfaction of a different kind. Being able to buy yourself the things you like or even gifts for your loved ones never goes out of fashion. Clothes, perfumes, shoes, furniture, decors or buying even safety pins could feel like heaven to someone. But just like everything has its pros, they do have their cons too. Shopping sure gives one mental peace but spending beyond limit could be dangerous. At the end of the day, money is what is needed to survive in this fast-paced world.

Shoppers could be broadly classified into three categories namely:

  • Misers
  • Spendthrifts
  • Occasional Spenders

First comes the misers. They are those people who will spend just what is needed. Nothing more, nothing less. They would not even want to go to parties and get-togethers as they know they will have to spend money there as well.


The second kind is the spendthrifts. These shoppers are those who will buy anything and everything that suits the hunger of their eye even if they do not have any use for the product. For them money is for spending and they will spend in any and every way possible.

Last but not the least is the kind of people who are sandwiched between misers and spendthrifts. They will mostly buy products that they will need but that will not stop them from attending a party or two. They will make most use of what they have.

  • While shopping is a recreational activity for some, for most it is still a dream. A country like India still has tons of people below poverty line for whom arranging a one-time meal is a struggle. For them, being able to visit stores and buying something they like is still far beyond their reach.
  • In a nutshell, shopping is considered as a recreational activity as it gives the mind peace and an individual happiness. It acts as an escape from reality, allowing a person to feel rejuvenated and satisfied and thus, being able to carry on with his every day responsibilities.
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