The Reading / Listening - Online Shopping Addiction - Level 4

The Internet makes shopping at home convenient. However, shopping can be addictive. Experts say online shopping addiction is a mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School called the illness "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). They say the doctors should recognize it as an illness, not just as one of various "impulse control" disorders. Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is time to...accumulate further knowledge about BSD on the Internet."



Dr Müller conducted research on 122 patients who had treatment for BSD. She said five per cent of people might suffer from it. Younger people are more likely to develop it, and be more anxious and depressed. People with BSD act unnaturally. They buy expensive things they don't need, keep and never use things they buy, buy things for instant gratification, and end up in debt. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Online Shopping Addiction - Level 5 or  Online Shopping Addiction - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/online-shopping-addiction-is-mental-20887079
  • https://www.medicaldaily.com/should-online-shopping-addiction-be-considered-mental-health-condition-445891
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/being-a-shopaholic-should-be-considered-a-mental-illness-psychiatrists-urge-104603353.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The Internet makes shopping
  2. shopping can be
  3. shopping addiction is a
  4. doctors should recognize
  5. recognize it
  6. various impulse
  7. Dr Astrid Müller said it really
  8. accumulate further knowledge
  1. as an illness
  2. is time
  3. it as an illness
  4. about BSD
  5. mental illness
  6. at home convenient
  7. addictive
  8. control disorders

Paragraph 2

  1. Dr Müller conducted research
  2. Younger people are more
  3. People with BSD act
  4. never use things
  5. buy things for instant
  6. end up in
  7. BSD can
  8. mental
  1. destroy marriages
  2. they buy
  3. health
  4. on 122 patients
  5. debt
  6. likely to develop it
  7. gratification
  8. unnaturally

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Internet makes shopping (1) ___________________. However, shopping can be addictive. Experts say online shopping (2) ___________________ mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School (3) ___________________ "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). They say the doctors (4) ___________________ as an illness, not just as (5) ___________________ "impulse control" disorders. Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is time to...accumulate (6) ___________________ BSD on the Internet."

Dr Müller conducted research on 122 patients (7) ___________________ for BSD. She said five per cent of people (8) ___________________ it. Younger people are more (9) ___________________ it, and be more anxious and depressed. People with BSD act unnaturally. They (10) __________________ they don't need, keep and (11) ___________________ they buy, buy things for instant gratification, and end up in debt. BSD (12) ___________________, relationships and mental health.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheInternetmakesshoppingathomeconvenient.However,shoppingc
anbeaddictive.Expertssayonlineshoppingaddictionisamentalillness.
ResearchersfromtheHannoverMedicalSchoolcalledtheillness"Buyin
gShoppingDisorder"(BSD).Theysaythedoctorsshouldrecognizeitasa
nillness,notjustasoneofvarious"impulsecontrol"disorders.DrAstridM
üllersaid:"Itreallyistimeto...accumulatefurtherknowledgeaboutBSD
ontheInternet."DrMüllerconductedresearchon122patientswhohadtr
eatmentforBSD.Shesaidfivepercentofpeoplemightsufferfromit.You
ngerpeoplearemorelikelytodevelopit,andbemoreanxiousanddepres
sed.PeoplewithBSDactunnaturally.Theybuyexpensivethingstheydo
n'tneed,keepandneverusethingstheybuy,buythingsforinstantgratifi
cation,andendupindebt.BSDcandestroymarriages,relationshipsand
mentalhealth.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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