July 7th, 2019


Concrete vs. Abstract Thought

... influences preferences in buying offline or online.  This study suggests that concrete thinkers prefer shopping offline where they can touch things, while abstract thinkers prefer shopping online.

It misses some other factors, though.

* If the desired item is not widely available, that pushes people to shop online.  So online sellers can capitalize on this by offering things that are hard to find.  They'll have a harder time competing with common items.

* If the desired item has a tactile component, or reveals more information when closely examined, offline sellers have the advantage.  Take the example, a mug -- if I can see it, I can tell whether the appearance pleases me and estimate the weight.  That's enough to tell me whether or not I'd probably want to buy it.  But for clothes, I have to try them on, because texture and fit are paramount.  For a book, if it's by an unfamiliar author, I want the freedom to flip through it; and I want the opportunity to browse items on a shelf.  Online suppliers can't meet these needs.  However, if all I need to know is that a favorite author has released the next book in a series I enjoy, then I can buy online.  Offline sellers can capitalize on these aspects by emphasizing traits that don't carry online, such as the texture of fabric or the smell of leather.

As you can guess from the above, I'm fluent in both concrete and abstract thinking, but I tend to use them in different contexts.

Sunday Yardening

Today was sunny, hot, and muggy when I went out earlier.  Now it has cooled off some.

I walked around the yard to see what needed work. I pulled and trimmed weeds around the goddess garden.

Butterfly weed and cleome are blooming in the septic garden.  Blackberry lilies are blooming in the wildflower garden.  Blackberry lilies, cup plants, yellow coneflowers, and shasta daisies are blooming in the prairie garden.

EDIT 7/7/19 -- Round Two, I pulled weeds around the septic garden.

Poem: "Honor the Complications"

This poem is spillover from the July 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter1944, [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, and Anonymous on DW. It also fills the "Acts of Kindness" square in my 7-1-19 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Riposte thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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