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The [advent / invent] of the Internet has brought with it the convenience of shopping at our [leisurely / leisure] in the comfort of our own home. However, for many, the [allure / assure] of shopping for bargains and treats can turn into an addiction. Experts believe there is a [safety / danger] that online shopping can develop into a mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School in Germany have [termed / teamed] it "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). The researchers say this [conditioned / condition] should be recognized by the medical [profession / professing] as an illness and should not simply be [classed / clapped] as one of [various / variety] "impulse control" disorders. Psychotherapist Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is time to...accumulate [amass / further] knowledge about BSD on the Internet."

Dr Müller and her colleagues [conducted / conducive] research on data from earlier studies on compulsive shopping. Their research focused [in / on] 122 patients who [thought / sought] treatment for BSD. Dr Müller reported that about five per cent of the population may [do / be] suffering from BSD. She added that younger people are more [prone / prose] to developing it and experienced greater levels of [anxious / anxiety] and depression. People with BSD readily exhibit negative behaviors. These include [spending / purchasing] excessive amounts of money on things they don't need, hoarding and never using things they [disorder / order] , buying things for the [sake / take] of instant gratification, and ending up [in / on] debt. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.

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