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Is online shopping a psychological illness?

In the present era where the use of social media has become the most important thing in our lives, there new inventions have also made people their slaves. Nowadays, the trend of online shopping is increasing day by day and many people shopping online at home from their mobile phones.

Researchers tracked 122 people from Germany who were mostly shopping online after which conclude that most young people are in the habit of shopping online.

In view of all this, psychologists say, now that the online shopping habits should be considered a psychological illness.

Psychological Experts explain that the reason for declaring online shopping habits as psychological illness is this, that If the online shopping habits are compared to any other psychiatric illness, there is a substantial similarity.

Researchers said that people with the habit of shopping online have specific symptoms that can be listed as a separate disease.

According to a study by the General comprehensive Psychiatry, putting online shopping habits on the list of illnesses can cure people who are suffering from it and according to the study, online shopping habits affect 5% of the world’s population.

Researchers say that many people have a habit of shopping online and are in the habit of buying something all the time, while these people buy more than they can afford.

Hanover Medical School Investigator Esterad Muller says, now that the online shopping habit is considered a separate psychiatric illness, it should be added to the list of diseases.

Pamela Roberts, physician at Priory Woking Hospital revealed that, it is a dangerous habit that can destroy a person’s emotions, economic conditions, and relationships.

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    Is online shopping a psychological illness?

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    Do you agree with Pamela Roberts ?

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  1. Maybe shopping online could lead to some problematic situations but I don’t think we can generalize that shopping online is some kind of illness. IMO, excessive shopping – either online or offline will leads to a problem.

  2. If it’s a form of addiction or done in order to purposely avoid social interaction, it can be problematic. Otherwise, I wouldn’t call it an illness. I still don’t shop online, because I prefer to see the products in person and I am sceptical about the quality of the things that will come.

  3. LOl using a sample of 122 people how do they draw such generalizations. I am amused . I shop for all my needs online. I spend only what I need to, which isn’t the case when I shop in a store, there I tend to pick up more stuff than I need. .

  4. I buy on-line because many of the products that I want to buy are not available in my country from the local stores, either by size or color. Or they are so expensive that I cannot afford to buy locally, but on-line it is very cheap, but takes a long time to get the item.

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