byNamrata SheshadriFeb 26, 2017 #FbPicks 2 Likes
I know this is the age of being abashed and apologetic and getting help for our addictions, but let's be honest... as long as we're not breaking the bank (and it's occasionally touch-and-go), this really is the most benign of bad habits to have.
Personally, if you had to ask me what the big deal is about a shopping addiction... what's the joy, you ask...I'd be able to give you a laundry list of reasons:
1) Instant Gratification
Like chocolate, but less fattening, obviously. Online shopping sites like ebay, Amazon Prime, ASOS etc have perfected the art of replenishing one's wardrobe in just a few clicks, with next-day delivery cutting down on the waiting time. Really, what more could a shopaholic ask for?
2) Mood Magic
Pop culture tropes aside, it's a fact that going out and spending a little cash is an instant pick-me-up when one is stressed (unless it's about money, of course), upset or just plain down in the dumps. You go out with the blahs, and come back with a new bag... who's going to feel low after that?
3) Anticipation is Key
Who doesn't love coming home to packages from shopping excursions (whether online or IRL)? It's like unwrapping gifts whenever you want (and you don't have to survive the endless wait for your birthday or Christmas)
4) Battling I-Have-Nothing-To-Wear Syndrome
There's no shame in it. We've all looked at our overflowing wardrobes the day of a party and still declared that we have absolutely zip, zilch, zero, nada to wear. Ah but here's where a shopping addiction actually HELPS: there will always be a new outfit (or dozen) that hasn't seen the light of day (or even had the tags removed) that is just perfect for the occasion. The struggle is real!
5) Aiding the Economy
It's simple: because we shop so much, retailers are in business. People are employed. Textile weavers and leather workers and delivery people and sundry others have jobs because we shop so much. And ... erm... look, it was a meme on the Internet so it must be true, okay?!
Disclaimer: No credit cards were harmed in the writing of this article (one may have been maxed out, and a few brain cells irreparably damaged though).
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