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Can Shopping Be Considered An Addiction?

Gambling, drinking, taking drugs and overeating are all considered forms of addiction. Some believe that shopping can be addictive too. The high that is attained through buying something special can suck you in and make you want more.

When it becomes a real problem is when you can't afford your habit anymore and your closet can't accommodate your habit anymore. Just look at Katie Holmes, Jessica Simpson or Lindsay Lohan. Do you think they have a shopping addiction or just a love of the sport?

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sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
Yes it is addictive but that's why I got my bf to keep me under control as far as shopping is concern other than that I'm the one who's takes care on the finances at home
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
most def. people get a "high" from buying something that makes them feel like they have acquired a certain level or statue. then the bills come and they feel bad and go shopping all over again. common (i've heard) with people who previously had eating disorders; trade one ocd obsession for another.
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
me too myop
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 10 years
Absolutely. If you have an addictive personality, which usually runs in the genes, you can be addicted to almost anything. I think people become addicted to spending money frivolously because material things produce a quick rush of happiness, even mania, when they are newly purchased. But in order to re-create that mania, one must continuously buy new things. Material greed fills a void in some people. Whatever emptiness you feel in your soul is temporarily remedied by filling your closet. It's an easy net to get caught in.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
most definately! I don't have the addiction myself...and no lol I'm not in denial...my sister and mom have it REAL bad., but they can afford it so it's not killin' em, but still, shop EVERY day? Maybe I'm still that tomboy idk..but when I go in to buy something, I know what I'm after, get it and go!
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
oh hell yeah it can. just about any behaviour can be considered an addiction if you can't stop...
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
Yes it can. I have seen people go into debt.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
For some reason this poll wont let me highlight by my button. My vote is #2. :)
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