more than they had planned to, and they do it every time they shop. Eventually, they begin to lie about purchases and how much they spent. The individual will continue to shop despite financial hardships or relationship problems. They are simply unable to stop shopping. Shopping Addiction Statistics Here are some interesting statistics from The Recovery Village, Statista.com, National Institutes of Health, and other sources about this form of addiction that will help you to better understand the dangers of becoming addicted to shopping and the pervasiveness of this addiction in our culture. • The majority of people (96 percent) admit making an impulsive purchase, but this does not mean they all have shopping addictions. • Women are nine times more likely to shop compulsively than men. • People with the disorder say they feel very anxious before a purchase and that buying the item relieves that discomfort. • In the United Kingdom, the average age for shopping addicts is 30. • People with shopping addiction tend to buy clothes, jewelry, beauty products, or technology. • About 85 percent of people with a shopping addiction will develop debt at a “worrying” level. • About one-third of compulsive shoppers are criticized by family and friends about their addiction. • About 65 percent of people buy impulsively via online shopping, while about 77 percent do so in a store. • About half of all compulsive shoppers purchase items because they are afraid of missing out on a great deal. • About one in four shoppers buys items they have never used.
What Is Shopping Addiction?
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