A new study published in the journal General Psychiatry suggests that online addiction should be defined as a mental disorder that can lead to depression, anxiety and relationships, foreign media reported. Psychologists have been studying shopping addiction, but with the rise of online shopping, few people realize that online shopping addiction is more harmful, the researchers note. Because of the convenience of online shopping, online shopping addicts are prone to a large number of hoarding goods, more likely to be in debt, easy to quarrel with relatives and lose self-control.
Dr Miller said: “Online addiction can lead to a desperate desire for satisfaction when spending money on shopping, and then to out-of-control self-control, depression and other psychological problems that can make it harder to deal with relationships.”
In recent days, a similar situation has emerged in China. It is reported that a woman in Hangzhou because of the cost of 100,000 yuan to empty the shopping cart, was sent by her husband to the hospital for psychiatric treatment, after diagnosis, the woman suffered from severe compulsive shopping disorder, need medical treatment.