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A world without e-shopping carts

I asked my friend what would be the world like without e-shopping carts. She replied, If there are no carts, there will always be baskets that we could use. I stare at her for a second to see if shes joking. She stared back with the same bemused look. Then we both got it, we were not talking on the same wavelength. She thought I was talking about the real shopping mart while I thought she new I was talking about the online shopping carts. We had our laugh. But after that, the same question still bugged me: what would be the world like without e-shopping carts. 

Once upon a time, when the internet was young (that was actually during the early 90s) people began to see the endless possibilities this interconnected network of people can do. The first thing in mind was that the advancement of information dissemination will definitely be revolutionized. But the more enterprising among us figured that the potential of the internet will go beyond information sharing, and it di