Using a touchscreen to shop online can increase your chances of impulsive shopping, according to a new study published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.
While you wouldn’t think how you shop online affects your spending habits, researchers found that those using a touchscreen device (a tablet or a phone) were more likely to make “hedonic” purchases, i.e. less-than-needed items, compared to shoppers who used a desktop computer.
Researchers hypothesized that the difference could come down to how we usually use each device.
People associate desktops with work, so we are more likely to act rationally while using them, while touchscreens are prominently used for leisure activities – and finger swiping can also be fun – making shoppers more prone to splurging. Whatever the reason, if you’re trying to stick to a budget, it might be wise to put down your phone.
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