“I need going out clothes!”
“I need the Penn State Victoria’s Secret clothes!”
“I need tailgate attire!”
Before arriving to Penn State I knew that I needed new clothes whether it was for parties, working out, football games, or anything. Downtown is right next to Penn State and it contains so many boutiques and stores…which is a downfall for me. I did not think I would have the shopping addiction because I would be busy with school work, a sorority and extra curricular activities, however after trying on that romper in Metro…I couldn’t resist. Over the summer, I learned how to manage my spending money while I had my job. Now seeing all these adorable stores downtown I cannot refrain and since I don’t have a job, this will be 100x harder. Why do I have shopaholic syndrome?
Do you love to treat yourself? …Yes or No
Do you love buying an excessive amount of clothing even though you know for a fact you still have clothes with tags on them?…Yes or No
Do you feel the need to follow numerous new fashion trends even if they may be ridiculous?…Yes or No
*If you replied Yes to at least 2/3 you have shopaholic syndrome* (kidding)
In this article, According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, “Averagely 6% of of the U.S. population are compulsive shoppers which is a conflict for BOTH genders,” (2006). Compulsive shoppers have difficulty controlling their actions and it can cause a lot of harm whether it is financial, educational, or having to do with family.
I know when I go out and buy clothes, shoes, or even makeup I always feel better and it boosts my confidence. We live in a society where “looks” and “brands” actually matter. For example, I am a die hard Kanye West fan and I always support him and his music. However, his Yeezy clothing line is what confuses me. It is all about the BRAND. Half of the clothes within the Yeezy line have rips or are just plain and are way too expensive. People most likely only buy those clothes because it says “YEEZY” on the inside or because it is a company owned by Kanye himself.
Of course women are more prone to compulsive shopping than men. In this article Paco Underhill, author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping, claimed that “86% of women check price tags and 72% of men do,” (2008). Today, online shopping has created a worse addiction to shopping. I have noticed that most of the internet tabs on my computer or even on my phone are stores or clothes that I have saved onto my wish list.
Shopping is a way to relieve stress and anxiety. So people who have trouble with anxiety…WATCH OUT!
In this article, the Bergen Shopping Addiction Scale is used to identify one’s shopping addiction:
- Shopping is always on your mind
- You use shopping to heighten your mood
- Shopping affects your daily life
- You have urges to shop more
- You want to control your shopping…but you CAN’T
- You feel bad if you can’t shop
- Shopping ruins your well-being
If you agree to at least 4…congrats you have the shopping addiction.
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“The Truth About Shopaholics.” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2016. <http://www.livescience.com/2338-truth-shopaholics.html>.
“Understanding The Science Of Shopping.” NPR. NPR, 12 Dec. 2008. Web. 15 Sept. 2016. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98184836>.
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