The Power of Shopping

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DayNeisha Shivers
DC Seniors 5th
Definitional Argument
6 March 2013
The Power of Shopping
I want it, I need it, and I have to have it now! That right there is the mindset of an addict. According to Webster’s dictionary, “An addiction is a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” Anything can become addictive: running, eating, cleaning, bathing, drawing, etc. The list is endless. Even something as simple as shopping can become an addiction. Once someone is addicted, it is not too easy to quit. Addicts rely on their addiction for support and comfort, which usually causes them to forget about the important things in life. Every activity has some one that is addicted, and with shopping they are called hoarders and shopaholics.

Hoarders are a great example of addictive shoppers. They are compulsive shoppers and can never get enough. Hoarders are absolutely obsessed with buying things, and will buy stuff they do not need. A hoarder will walk into a store wanting to buy a scarf, but leave with nine pairs of shoes and matching outfits. Worst of all, they deny it. Addicts do not see the harm of their addiction or how it affects the people around them. Compulsive shoppers shop to release emotional stress. They shop when they are angry, sad, happy, and when they just feel like it. It can put financial stress on a relationship. Let us face it, shopping is not cheap.

Some people will argue that shopping is quite healthy. If they have the money to spend, then why not put it to use? However, it is one thing to shop and give it to charity, and it is another to shop just for the heck of it. Shopping to feel better is not okay. However, some people would argue that it is better to have a shopping disorder rather than have an addiction to something like alcohol, drugs, etc. That may be true, but any addiction can be harmful. People who "shop...
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