Drunk Shopping is not a person, it’s just a phone number—but it's your best, tipsy friend when you want some companionship during your online shopping sessions. It was created by the three-person team of Chris Baker, Mike Lacher, and Tiger Wang, and it makes them absolutely no money.
And we crave more pixels, pixels talking to us, responding to us, acknowledging us—as often as possible.“It’s just a reality that social life is moving through screens,” says Eric Klinenberg, director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU and the author of .
“There’s research showing that people who stay off of social media are more prone to isolation because they’re missing out on the place where the action is.”At any moment in time, that action could stall out.
Your friends might all be busy, unable to provide that quick rush of dopamine you get from a Like, a fav, or comment.
But doing it through a website never really felt right.”Once SMS and app-based shopping services such as Magic and Alfred became trendy, the team decided a text-message chat bot was the way to go.
The big difference, Baker explains, is that it’s “like you’re talking to some insane guy.”"We’ve got more than 10,000 people who have used [Drunk Shopping], and we honestly had to shut down new signups after the first week.