HBO’s Bill Maher slammed online shopping during his “New Rules” segment on Friday, asserting that it is destroying the environment and making Americans lonely by isolating them and giving them one more excuse not to get out and socialize.
Ordering via the Internet has made it incredibly easy just to sit at home and never venture out to get items. Not to mention, many times a small item will come in a huge box along with other boxes. It’s the epitome of waste and really doesn’t make sense. Of course, we pay for it in more ways than one.
Maher criticized millennials and Gen Z in the segment but had plenty of blame to go around for everyone concerning the modern convenience of shopping online in his segment branded “Shop Making Sense.”
“Since America’s such an incredibly f**ked-up place right now, let’s scale back our goal of making it great again and settle for let’s just make the mall great again. Just start with that, and get a W,” Maher stated opening up the segment.
“Because online shopping is killing us. Psychologically, and environmentally,” he pointed out.
(Video Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher/YouTube)
Maher recounted that Americans had the mail order option for decades, pointing to the Sears catalog which he stated, “Was Amazon, just Amazon that never grew.”
But then came computers and everyone jumped at the convenience of deliveries at home and not having to go to expensive and often dangerous malls to find what we need. In the process, we lost contact with most other humans and it’s only getting worse.
Maher wondered why the Sears catalog didn’t become what Amazon has now become, concluding, “I don’t know, but lately I’ve been seeing a lot of stories about how isolated, and lonely people are, maybe it has something to do with that.”
“Marketplaces have always been the center of society,” he commented.
Some good points, Bill, and for many years, I loved going to the malls. Now, when I do go, it always occurs to me that “I could get shot here.” Not so much fun anymore.
— Erica G. Christman (@erthgrd) August 20, 2022
“Yes, ours was a little tacky, but it was better than this,” Maher said referring to a pile of empty cardboard boxes.
“Turns out ordering online is way more eco-unfriendly than driving to the store ever was. How could it not be, considering that Americans now shop by the most inefficient means humanly possible? Since we can’t get off our ass and see how something feels, we order nine, and send back 8,” he remarked.
Maher pined for how it used to be when we “made these things called shopping lists.” Now, online shopping is “where robots, and people who are treated like robots” pack everything up in overly large, wasteful boxes.
Buying on @amazon means occasionally receiving this. No kidding, this is a real case. pic.twitter.com/2WMNzARssL
— Jule (@jutre) August 20, 2022
According to the HBO host, only 14 percent of plastic packaging that we use is recyclable. That’s in addition to all the fuel and energy utilized when shipping goods directly to consumers.
Maher concluded his segment by telling Americans to “go out and play. Go to the mall. Our social skills are atrophying while we one-click ourselves into oblivion. Amazon’s in its prime, but you’re wasting yours.”
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