Jennifer sent me a link to the following article in the Contra Costa Times. The premise is that more and more men enjoy shopping. But, I wonder if that really depends upon the definition you are using. Some of the highlights:
Some men may never love spending a day at the mall, but a growing number of men are behaving more like Taylor and embracing their sense of fashion and style.
Men are spending about 10 percent more for apparel than they were two years ago, according to data from NPD Group Inc., a consumer and retail information company.
"Shopping is another outlet for men to feel more special and unique in the world," Nicosia said. "Men don't like to admit to it, but subconsciously they will spend an extra dollar on products, clothes, materials and experiences that will make them feel accepted, loved and unique."
"Guys are more serious; even if they are avid shoppers, they want to get in and get out," said Jay Underwood, owner of Atlas in Walnut Creek.
That last quote summarizes my premise. I, too, can appreciate fashion. And, I love to buy myself things. But I would say that I HATE shopping. To me, shopping is only a means to an end. If I need something, I go look around for it and buy it. I won't, however, go shopping without a plan or shop for shopping sake. And, to me, that's the difference.
I know many people who shop to get ideas. To socialize. Whatever. They'll spend all day out at the stores and come home empty-handed. Then, they'll tell you that they had a wonderful time shopping. In may case, none of those people are men.
Maybe the article uses the term too broadly. Or I may be using the term too narrowly. What do you think?