Why Some are Addicted to Shopping?
Something I have been interested in learning more about is “Why People are Addicted to Shopping?” This topic is interesting to me because I consider myself a shopaholic because I love to buy clothes that are popular right now. I love to buy clothes that everyone is wearing so I can fit in, and that’s one reason why I believe there are shopaholics. I think other people know that one reason people are shopaholic are because they have a lot of money and can’t spend it no other way than shopping.
I already knew a lot about this subject because I hang around shopaholics. Most of my friends are shopaholics because they are always getting the latest fashion trend that is going around. I also know most people get their fashion from celebrities such as rappers, movie stars, and athletes. One more thing I know is that most shopaholics get a relief from shopping. If girls are stressed or going to a bad time they can always go shopping to clear their minds.
My first source provides a lot of information for my topic. It most stated what an addiction to shopping could do to your life. One important fact that the article stated was that excessive shopping can be a financial disaster. The author said “"Often times a person will spend over their budget and get into deep financial trouble, spending well above their income,"."The normal person will say, 'Oops, I can't afford to buy this or that.' But not someone who has an addiction," he or she will not recognize the boundaries of a budget.
My second source mostly provided information on why it’s so hard to quit excessive shopping. One sentence that the article stated that was interesting was “In fact, 1 in 5 respondents said saving money requires more discipline than quitting cigarettes.” When I read this quote I was in awe. I knew that excessive shopping was bad, but I didn’t know it could get out of hand like that. This helps answer my question by telling my why it’s so hard to get rid of excessive shopping.
In my third source it provided information on why people are shopaholics. Like I said before, when people are depressed shopping can clear their minds, and the author agrees with me when she said “Some people go shopping when they are sad, worried, upset or lonely and they want to feel better. They use this activity as a way to forget their problems. Shopaholics say that they feel more important and better after they buy something.” The author also stated another interesting fact “Men really like shopping because they feel they have power and control. They get whatever they want. Also, men usually buy big items while women spend their money on clothes, cosmetics, decorations for their houses, or things for family.” This sentence stood out for so much because when you think of shopaholics you think about girls, but boys can also be shopaholics. This helps me answer my question by telling my why people become shopaholics.
My fourth source provided information on how you can tell you’re an excessive shopper and what you could do to get rid of compulsive shopping. One sentence that relates to me is “Shopaholics, when they are feeling "out of sorts, shop for a “pick-me-up." They go out and buy, to get a high, or get a "rush" just like a drug or alcohol addict. This relates to me because when a new pair of sneakers comes out I have to have it and I’ll do whatever to get it. For example, one time a new pair of “Nike Foamposites” came out and I waited in the line till 6am to get it.
My fifth source provided information on the factors for compulsive shopping. For example the author stated “Just about anywhere we go these days, billboards, commercials, and on-line banners invite us to spend money on things we probably don't really need.” I agree with this sentence because the technology, clothes, and even food are main factors to why people are addicted to shopping. People want new stuff that will make them enjoy their life better. For example teenagers, you have to have those new pairs of sneakers or that brand new phone to fit in. Another example would be someone that uses technology to get joy since they don’t have a lot in their life.
After learning more about this topic I’ve come to realize that being a shopaholic is not that bad of a thing. It’s pretty bad if it gets out of control and you become addicted. But, if you’re a little down or depressed and need some happiness in your life; go out and buy the latest product that came out. Go out and back the latest fashion trend or shoes that just came out. But don’t let it get out of control, and don’t use a credit card if you don’t got the money to pay it back especially you teenagers.
Heather Hatfield, Shopping Spree, or Addiction?, August 3, 2006
Anonymous, Addicted to Shopping, July 28, 2008
Lourdes Joza, Hooked on Shopping, TOPICS Online Magazine - ©1997-2007
Prof. Ruth Engs, HOW CAN I MANAGE COMPULSIVE SHOPPING and SPENDING ADDICTION (SHOPOHOLISM), December 2010
Alice, Addicted to Shopping, Originally Published: January 28, 2000