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Monday, 02 December 2019 20:25

Compulsive online shopping: Are YOU at risk?

The fastest growing addiction in the US is online shopping. Ads pop up on our social media, news feeds and email. Boxes pile up in your closet of unopened packages. And then one day you notice you purchased the same item twice! Are you addicted to online shopping or any shopping for that matter? Let’s break down this latest epidemic.

What is Compulsive Spending Disorder?

A “Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD)” was first described in the early 20th century as a compulsive disorder that left the patient with debt.  Later in the century its classification was debated and eventually included with the personality disorders.

Compulsive buying is known as “oniomania” where one buys impulsively and excessively to the point that it leaves them in financial hardship.  And despite their financial issues they continue to make purchases.  We’ve used the term “shopaholics” to describe those addicted to shopping but compulsive buying connotes the lack sense of financial ruin that can ensue. The spending is an attempt to satisfy a need that never gets fulfilled.

Compulsive buying disorder may be seen in those who suffer from mania and bipolar disorder.  During manic episodes excessive spending may occur.  Additionally we may see CBD co-morbidly in those who suffer from eating, gambling, substance use, and mood disorders.

What is Compulsive Online Shopping?

Compulsive online shopping occurs when purchases are made online, without much thought or planning, and at a frequency where it may interfere with one’s life.  People who might have never become a compulsive shopper in a traditional store may become easily addicted to online shopping.  Those who are compulsive online shoppers may exhibit any of the following:

  • Preoccupation with when they can go online to search items
  • Anxiety when one cannot go online
  • Purchasing items they don’t necessarily need
  • Spending beyond their budget
  • Hiding their shopping behavior
  • Feeling guilt after shopping
  • Struggling at work or at home because of the time devoted to online shopping
  • Other addictive or impulsive behaviors such as binge eating, drinking, or substance abuse

So compulsive online shopping, as well as compulsive buying disorder, can affect relationships, employment, finances and health.

How many people suffer from Compulsive Online Shopping Disorder?

Various sources have put the range at 5-8% of the US population.

Why are people becoming addicted?

When one is able to shop from the comfort of one’s desk or work station, the “ease” factor drives more shopping.  Avoiding the need to leave work or home to battle traffic and weather and long lines, is one of the biggest draws.  Moreover, those who hate going into a store or dressing room, concerned others will see the sizes of clothes they are trying on, can now shop in the privacy in their own home.  Additionally shopping allows one to fight the boredom they have at work or home and give one a sense of accomplishment.  And once one has a successful and satisfying purchase, the reward centers of the brain are activated making one want to shop more.

Hence, shrewd marketing will appeal to the human psyche by any of the following:

  • Displaying or popping up attractive ads on your browser or social media
  • Disrupting your feed, reading material or game with above ads
  • Following your likes, searches or prior purchases and suggesting related products
  • Offering deals and coupons that can be used immediately
  • “Rewarding” the buyer with positive feedback after the purchase such as, “You SAVED 15%!”
  • Allowing the purchase to be done so quickly and easily that one has less of an opportunity to ponder the purchase
  • Sending reminders of a reorder

So how can one avoid becoming a compulsive online shopper?

Don’t give in to the ads.  People must realize they are being bombarded with some of the most creative marketing manipulation known to mankind.  We can’t fall for it.  Why are we letting our smart devices dictate to us what we need in our closets, pantries or garages?

But to fight the urge to shop online excessively, we must:

  • Budget expenditures and stick to it
  • Have hobbies
  • Avoid boredom, or going to the internet when bored
  • Limit internet time
  • Stop ads and unsubscribe on out tablet or smart phone
  • Deputize a family member to be our go-to when we want authorization to purchase something online.
  • Ask ourselves prior to purchasing:  Do I really need this item?
  • Seek counseling if unable to stop

If needed, compulsive shopping can be treated with therapy as well as medications including SSRI’s, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which are efficacious in those with impulsive personalities or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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“Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.” -Felix Alder

Let me start off by acknowledging that since the inception of this ministry 22 years ago, I have never based my opinion on the things that I highlight either on radio or in my articles, never once. Yet, those that have disputed or have attempted to debate me on whatever topic that I may be highlighting have given their opinions and that without fail.

I have always based every topic in correcting the errors of opinion on the Word of God and that of the United States Constitution (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:25).   By doing so, it becomes the stumbling block or the rock of offense to their opinions (1 Peter 2:8).  These topics that I highlight usually apply to those in the Church and to those in government, which Jesus told us to beware when it comes to their leaven-doctrine (Mark 8:15).

“They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.” -Proverbs 28:4

As for me and my house, I AM FOR THE LAW (Biblical and Constitutional - Joshua 24:15)!

Remember that “political language is designed to make lies sound truthful” and yet, these are the games in which these men that debate with me are caught up.

One example of this is how many people have been led to believe that when the unconstitutional Republican Party is in power that they are a law unto themselves; or how about when the unconstitutional Democrats are in power that they are a law unto themselves.  This is merely a con system to further divide the American people (Mark 3:25). We are ruled by law, not by an unconstitutional party system.

How far can this go if we let it?

Just the other day, I heard a preacher that I like, speak of how thankful he was that the president lets him do the things that he does (Hosea 4:6). This preacher needs to understand that he is to have the law of truth in his mouth, which is to turn men from iniquity and bondage (Malachi 2:6).

This preacher has it backward and upside down. Little must he know of his own history.  This is what our forefathers exhibited in throwing off tyranny in 1776.

It is absolutely astounding to see how people will praise administration after administration based on what a candidate may be running on (promises made), or what a president may say and yet, Scripture commands that we are to judge them by what they do.

“ Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree brings forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” -Matthew 7:16-20

Again, the foolishness of men praise a man for what he says, and that to their own demise rather than what that man does (Isaiah 30).

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 

I can just hear someone say, "We should praise our leaders for the good that they do, not the wrong that they do" (Romans 7:9-12).  They are servants, not leaders.

That public servant is entrusted with delegated authority from “We the People” to do what they swore that they would do, which is to uphold the enumerated laws found within the United States Constitution.

Let me say it this way: when you are driving down the highway abiding by the laws of the land, the police officer does not pull you over to tell you how wonderful a driver that you are, does he?  However, he will pull you over for driving erratically or dangerously?  So it is with us, the Bible teaches.

“Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.” -Luke 17:9

Son of Liberty Patrick Henry said that Americans are to “guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.”

And so should we.

I end with this: How many politicians have run for office, regardless of capacity, where we have found what they promised to do what was right, and what they actually did when they won the office, they instantly turned on the people by doing the opposite of what they promised to do?

Yet, it falls to the people that tolerate this.

How true it is what Joseph de Maistre said:  “Every country has the government it deserves.”

You Pick the Next World Leader.

 

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Bradlee Dean is a guest contributor to GCN news. His views and opinions are his own and do not reflect the views and opinions of the Genesis Communication Network. Bradlee's radio program, The Sons of Liberty, broadcasts live M - Sat here at GCN. This is an edited version of an op-ed originally published by Sons of Liberty Media at www.sonsoflibertyradio.com. Reprinted with permission. 

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