Is Black Friday What It Used To Be?

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Is Black Friday What It Used To Be?

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Niamh Clarke, Reporter

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The number one shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday, might be getting pushed to second as our generation moves increasingly towards the technology counterpart, Cyber Monday.

In case you live under a rock, the day after Thanksgiving (Friday) is known as Black Friday. This used to be associated with the best door-busting deals of the year but nowadays is associated with long lines and large crowds.

“Black Friday is okay, but I’d rather take part in Cyber Monday, hands down,” Shaira Corona said. “I spend like three hundred dollars every year.”

Cyber Monday is the same concept except without the lines and the crowds as it focuses more on online retailers. And unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday offers less of a risk and little to no violence.

“As I was getting out of work, I happened to pass a Best Buy and I kid you not, someone threw a whole TV, still in the box, at another person,” Corona, an employee at a local Starbucks said.
Working that Friday Corona saw firsthand the massive crowds associated with the holiday, and cannot understand why people would put themselves through the chaos.

“It was hectic, everyone was freaking out,” Corona said. “We had a BOGO (buy one get one free) at my job and as soon as it hit 3:00 and we opened the doors, a wave of people that were waiting outside flooded in. The line was out the door, it was crazy.”

An article by Generationz.com.au describes our generation, Gen Z, as a group that’s more global, social, visual and technological than any other.

“They are the most connected, educated and sophisticated generation ever,” Generationz.com.au said. “They comprise nearly 2 billion people globally, and they don’t just represent the future, they’re creating it.”

Junior Daisy Onofre has never taken part in either holiday but says that, in this day and age, she wouldn’t risk an injury for something she could buy online.

“On Black Friday, I get it, people want the best sales, but it should be done in a more mannerly way,” Onofre said. “Just get parents and relatives their present online at good deals and then you can be the number one family member.”