The Reading / Listening - Online Shopping Addiction - Level 5

The Internet has brought the convenience of shopping at our leisure in the comfort of our home. For many, the attractions of shopping can turn into an addiction. Experts believe that online shopping can develop into a mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School have termed the illness "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). Researchers say the medical profession 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 and her team conducted research on earlier studies on shopping involving 122 patients who sought treatment for BSD. Dr Müller said five per cent of people might suffer from BSD. She added that younger people are more likely to develop it. They also have greater levels of anxiety and depression. People with BSD exhibit negative behaviors. These include buying expensive things they don't need, keeping and never using things they order, buying things for instant gratification, and ending up in debt. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Online Shopping Addiction - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. in the comfort
  2. shopping can turn
  3. develop into a mental
  4. termed the illness
  5. the medical
  6. recognize it
  7. various "impulse control"
  8. accumulate further
  1. into an addiction
  2. disorders
  3. profession
  4. knowledge about BSD
  5. "Buying Shopping Disorder"
  6. of our home
  7. illness
  8. as an illness

Paragraph 2

  1. 122 patients who sought
  2. five per cent of people might
  3. younger people are more
  4. greater levels of anxiety and
  5. never using things
  6. buying things for instant
  7. ending up
  8. BSD can destroy
  1. they order
  2. depression
  3. marriages
  4. in debt
  5. treatment for BSD
  6. suffer from BSD
  7. likely to develop it
  8. gratification

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Internet has brought (1) ___________________ shopping at our leisure in the comfort of our home. For many, (2) ___________________ shopping can turn into an addiction. Experts believe that online shopping can develop (3) ___________________ illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School (4) ___________________ illness "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). Researchers say the medical profession should recognize it as an illness, not just as one of (5) ___________________ disorders. Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is (6) ___________________ further knowledge about BSD on the Internet."

Dr Müller and her team conducted (7) ___________________ studies on shopping involving 122 patients who (8) ___________________ BSD. Dr Müller said five per cent of people might suffer from BSD. She added that younger people are more (9) ___________________ it. They also have greater levels of anxiety and depression. People with BSD (10) ___________________. These include buying expensive things they don't need, keeping and never using things they order, buying (11) ___________________ gratification, and ending (12) ___________________. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheInternethasbroughttheconvenienceofshoppingatourleisureinth
ecomfortofourhome.Formany,theattractionsofshoppingcanturninto
anaddiction.Expertsbelievethatonlineshoppingcandevelopintoame
ntalillness.ResearchersfromtheHannoverMedicalSchoolhavetermed
theillness"BuyingShoppingDisorder"(BSD).Researcherssaythemedi
calprofessionshouldrecognizeitasanillness,notjustasoneofvarious"i
mpulsecontrol"disorders.DrAstridMüllersaid:"Itreallyistimeto...acc
umulatefurtherknowledgeaboutBSDontheInternet."DrMüllerandhe
rteamconductedresearchonearlierstudiesonshoppinginvolving122p
atientswhosoughttreatmentforBSD.DrMüllersaidfivepercentofpeopl
emightsufferfromBSD.Sheaddedthatyoungerpeoplearemorelikelyt
odevelopit.Theyalsohavegreaterlevelsofanxietyanddepression.Peo
plewithBSDexhibitnegativebehaviors.Theseincludebuyingexpensiv
ethingstheydon'tneed,keepingandneverusingthingstheyorder,buyi
ngthingsforinstantgratification,andendingupindebt.BSDcandestroy
marriages,relationshipsandmentalhealth.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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