Quick fact – Similar to alcoholics anonymous, there is a shopaholics anonymous !
Some people develop shopping addictions because they essentially get addicted to how their brain feels while shopping. The brain releases endorphins and dopamine, in reaction to rewards related to shopping, very similar to the way the brain reacts to drugs of addiction (Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis etc). It is important to note that going a shopping spree once in a while does not mean you are a shopping addict.
However, a large number of people spend excessive amounts of time and money engaging in compulsive shopping leading to restrictions in social or occupational functioning. Such people may be considered “addicted” to shopping. Shopping has never been this easy, swish, swipe and push. Your product flies to your house, safely packaged, waiting for your “unboxing”.
India’s e-commerce market was worth about $3.9 billion in 2009, it went up to $12.6 billion in 2013. In 2013, the e-retail segment was worth US$2.3 billion. With over 100 million customers as of 2017.
Here are a few warning signs of online shopping addiction –
- Spending more money than one can afford.
- Online Shopping as a maladaptive coping strategy against anger or depression.
- Too much time spent on shopping or shopping related sites.
- Failing relationships due to excessive shopping.
- Constantly looking for deals and offers, in a way that interferes with daily life.
- Buying a load of unnecessary articles despite financial strain, just because “the deal was too good”.
Are you addicted to online shopping ? Take the test
This quiz is based on the Bergen shopping addiction scale, and is based on WHO criteria for addictions. The test will take around 10 minutes to complete. Start by entering your age, educational status, location and occupation.