The Reading / Listening - Online Shopping Addiction - Level 6

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



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

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Online Shopping Addiction - Level 4  or  Online Shopping Addiction - Level 5

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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Warm-ups

1. ADDICTION: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about addiction. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       Internet / shopping / bargain / treat / addiction / mental illness / medical / disorders /
       colleagues / patients / population / anxiety / depression / gratification / marriages
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SHOPPING MALLS: Students A strongly believe shopping at malls is better than shopping online; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. INTERNET: How does the Internet make these things more convenient (or otherwise)? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Convenient

How Inconvenient

Shopping

 

 

Studying

 

 

Traveling

 

 

Friendships

 

 

Money

 

 

Hobbies

 

 

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5. DISORDER: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "disorder". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SHOPPING: Rank these with your partner. Put the best places to shop at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Online
  • Shopping malls
  • Markets
  • Airports
  • Local stores
  • Other countries
  • Newspapers
  • Charity shops

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. advent a. An illness or other medical problem.
      2. allure b. A paid job, especially one that involves long training and a formal qualification.
      3. treat c. The arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
      4. condition d. Gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of something.
      5. profession e. The quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.
      6. classed f. An activity, event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure; a present or gift to yourself.
      7. accumulate g. Assigned or regarded as belonging to a particular category.

    Paragraph 2

      8. colleague h. Pleasure, especially when gained from the satisfaction of a desire.
      9. compulsive i. A person with whom one works in a job or business.
      10. prone j. Resulting from or relating to an unstoppable desire or urge, especially one that is against one's conscious wishes.
      11. anxiety k. More than is necessary or normal; too, too, too, too much.
      12. excessive l. A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain ending.
      13. hoarding m. Likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something - usually something that is unpleasant.
      14. gratification n. Gathering money or objects and hiding or storing them away.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The Internet has made shopping at home more uncomfortable.     T / F
  2. Experts say that online shopping addiction is a form of mental disorder.   T / F
  3. The research described in this article was conducted in Germany.     T / F
  4. A psychotherapist said we needed to accumulate further knowledge.     T / F
  5. Researchers looked at data on over 1,000 BSD patients.     T / F
  6. A researcher said nearly 10% of people may suffer from BSD.     T / F
  7. People seek instant gratification by shopping online.     T / F
  8. Researchers say people can end up in credit because of BSD.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. advent
  2. leisure
  3. experts
  4. classed
  5. accumulate
  6. colleagues
  7. sought
  8. prone
  9. gratification
  10. debt
  1. co-workers
  2. gather
  3. fulfillment
  4. specialists
  5. requested
  6. likely
  7. arrival
  8. arrears
  9. categorized
  10. relaxation

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The advent
  2. in the comfort of our
  3. the allure of
  4. this condition should be recognized
  5. time to accumulate further
  6. 122 patients who
  7. younger people are more prone
  8. hoarding and never using
  9. buying things for the sake of
  10. BSD can
  1. by the medical profession
  2. things they order
  3. knowledge about BSD
  4. instant gratification
  5. shopping for bargains
  6. destroy marriages
  7. of the Internet
  8. to developing it
  9. sought treatment
  10. own home

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
treats
termed
accumulate
advent
addiction
disorders
comfort
profession

The (1) ____________ of the Internet has brought with it the convenience of shopping at our leisure in the (2) ____________ of our own home. However, for many, the allure of shopping for bargains and (3) ____________ can turn into an (4) ____________. Experts believe there is a danger that online shopping can develop into a mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School in Germany have (5) ____________ it "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). The researchers say this condition should be recognized by the medical (6) ____________ as an illness and should not simply be classed as one of various "impulse control" (7) ____________. Psychotherapist Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is time to... (8) ____________ further knowledge about BSD on the Internet."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
anxiety
sought
excessive
sake
colleagues
debt
prone
hoarding

Dr Müller and her (9) ____________ conducted research on data from earlier studies on compulsive shopping. Their research focused on 122 patients who (10) ____________ treatment for BSD. Dr Müller reported that about five per cent of the population may be suffering from BSD. She added that younger people are more (11) ____________ to developing it and experienced greater levels of (12) ____________ and depression. People with BSD readily exhibit negative behaviors. These include spending (13) ____________ amounts of money on things they don't need, (14) ____________ and never using things they order, buying things for the (15) ____________ of instant gratification, and ending up in (16) ____________. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The advent of the Internet has brought with it the convenience of shopping ______
     a.  at our leisure
     b.  that our leisure
     c.  what our leisure
     d.  mat our leisure
2)  However, for many, the allure of shopping for ______
     a.  bargains and threats
     b.  bargains and treats
     c.  bargains and treaties
     d.  bargains and treatise
3)  The researchers say this condition should be recognized by the ______
     a.  medical professing
     b.  medical profession
     c.  medical profess shun
     d.  medical pro fusion
4)  an illness and should not simply be classed as one of various "______" disorders
     a.  in pulse control
     b.  imp pulse control
     c.  amp pulse control
     d.  impulse control
5)  Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is time to...accumulate ______
     a.  further knowledge
     b.  farther knowledge
     c.  furrier knowledge
     d.  future knowledge

6)  Dr Müller and her colleagues conducted research ______
     a.  in data
     b.  on data
     c.  an data
     d.  un-data
7)  Their research focused on 122 patients who ______ for BSD
     a.  ought treatment
     b.  caught treatment
     c.  thought treatment
     d.  sought treatment
8)  prone to developing it and experienced greater levels of ______ depression
     a.  anxiety and
     b.  anxious and
     c.  and piety and
     d.  and city and
9)  using things they order, buying things for the sake of ______
     a.  instantly gratification
     b.  instance gratification
     c.  instant gratification
     d.  in start gratification
10)  BSD can destroy marriages, relationships ______
     a.  and mental healthful
     b.  and mental healthy
     c.  and mental healthily
     d.  and mental health

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The advent of the Internet has brought with it (1) ___________________ shopping at our leisure in (2) ___________________ our own home. However, for many, the allure of shopping for (3) ___________________ can turn into an addiction. Experts believe there is a danger that online shopping can develop into a mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School in Germany (4) ___________________ "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). The researchers say this condition should be recognized by the medical profession as an illness and should not (5) ___________________ as one of various "impulse control" disorders. Psychotherapist Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is time to... (6) ___________________ about BSD on the Internet."

Dr Müller and her colleagues (7) ___________________ data from earlier studies on compulsive shopping. Their research focused on 122 patients who (8) ___________________ BSD. Dr Müller reported that about five per cent of the population may be suffering from BSD. She added that younger people are (9) ___________________ developing it and experienced greater levels of anxiety and depression. People with BSD (10) ___________________ behaviors. These include spending excessive amounts of money on things they don't need, (11) ___________________ using things they order, buying things for the sake of instant gratification, and ending (12) ___________________. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say the advent of the Internet brought?
  2. What did the article say the allure of bargains and treats turn into?
  3. In what country was this research conducted?
  4. Who did a researcher say should recognize BSD as an illness?
  5. What did a researcher say it was time to accumulate?
  6. How many patients did researchers look at the data of?
  7. What percentage of the population might have BSD?
  8. Who is more prone to developing BSD?
  9. What instant thing might online shopping addicts be seeking?
  10. What did the article say BSD can destroy besides mental health?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did the article say the advent of the Internet brought?
a) great bargains
b) the convenience of shopping
c) greater freedom of choice
d) the end of small stores
2)  What did the article say the allure of bargains and treats turns into?
a) horror stories
b) being poor
c) great pleasure
d) an addiction
3) In what country was this research conducted?
a) Germany
b) the USA
c) Japan
d) South Africa
4) Who did a researcher say should recognize BSD as an illness?
a) online stores
b) web visitors
c) the medical profession
d) shoppers
5) What did a researcher say it was time to accumulate?
a) money
b) further knowledge about BSD
c) online shopping points
d) ideas to curb addiction

6) How many patients did researchers look at the data of?
a) 122
b) 123
c) 124
d) 125
7) What percentage of the population might have BSD?
a) 3%
b) 10%
c) 5%
d) 8%
8) Who is more prone to developing BSD?
a) younger people
b) older people
c) men
d) women
9) What instant thing might online shopping addicts be seeking?
a) gratification
b) points
c) bargains
d) food
10) What did the article say BSD can destroy besides mental health?
a) Internet connections
b) mobile phone bills
c) confidence
d) marriages and relationships

Role play

Role  A – Online
You think online is the best place to shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places to shop. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): shopping mall, market or charity shop.

Role  B – Shopping Malls
You think a shopping mall is the best place to shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places to shop. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): online, market or charity shop.

Role  C – Markets
You think a market is the best place to shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places to shop. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): shopping mall, online or charity shop.

Role  D – Charity Shops
You think a charity shop is the best place to shop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places to shop. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): shopping mall, market or online.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'shopping'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'addiction'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • advent
    • allure
    • turn
    • termed
    • medical
    • time
    • data
    • 122
    • five
    • prone
    • money
    • destroy




    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 - Online Shopping Addiction

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'addiction'?
    3. What do you think of online shopping?
    4. How does online shopping compare to shopping in malls?
    5. What are the dangers of online shopping?
    6. How do you feel when you shop online?
    7. What do you buy for yourself as a treat?
    8. Why do you think shopping is an addiction?
    9. Is shopping more addictive for men or women?
    10. Do you think shopping addiction is a mental illness?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'shopping'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How has the Internet changed the way we shop?
    5. How serious is it that one in five people may have BSD?
    6. How can doctors treat people who suffer from BSD?
    7. Why might BSD lead to anxiety and depression?
    8. How would you help a friend who had BSD?
    9. Have you ever been in debt?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The (1) ____ of the Internet has brought with it the convenience of shopping at our leisure in the comfort of our own home. However, for many, the (2) ____ of shopping for bargains and treats can turn into an addiction. Experts believe there is a danger that online shopping can develop into a mental illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School in Germany have (3) ____ it "Buying Shopping Disorder" (BSD). The researchers say this condition should be recognized (4) ____ the medical profession as an illness and should not (5) ____ be classed as one of various "impulse control" disorders. Psychotherapist Dr Astrid Müller said: "It really is time to...accumulate (6) ____ knowledge about BSD on the Internet."

    Dr Müller and her colleagues conducted research (7) ____ data from earlier studies on compulsive shopping. Their research focused on 122 patients who sought treatment (8) ____ BSD. Dr Müller reported that about five per cent of the population may be suffering from BSD. She added that younger people are more (9) ____ to developing it and experienced greater levels of anxiety and depression. People with BSD (10) ____ exhibit negative behaviors. These include spending excessive amounts of money on things they don't need, (11) ____ and never using things they order, buying things for the sake of instant gratification, and ending up in (12) ____. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     event     (b)     advent     (c)     invent     (d)     vent    
    2. (a)     azure     (b)     allure     (c)     assure     (d)     accurate    
    3. (a)     aggregated     (b)     cast     (c)     pioneered     (d)     termed    
    4. (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    5. (a)     justify     (b)     mere     (c)     easy     (d)     simply    
    6. (a)     approx     (b)     sum     (c)     further     (d)     brainy    
    7. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     for     (d)     in    
    9. (a)     prose     (b)     prove     (c)     probe     (d)     prone    
    10. (a)     readily     (b)     so     (c)     although     (d)     fair    
    11. (a)     hoarding     (b)     heeding     (c)     herding     (d)     hooding    
    12. (a)     debt     (b)     arrear     (c)     credit     (d)     interest

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. the medical ooirsepnfs
    5. various mpliuse control disorders
    6. time to alcamucuet further knowledge

    Paragraph 2

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    3. hetbiix negative behaviors
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    6. for the sake of instant roitfataingic

    Put the text back together

    (...)  it and experienced greater levels of anxiety and depression. People with BSD readily exhibit negative
    (...)  behaviors. These include spending excessive amounts of money on things they don't need, hoarding and never
    (...)  said: "It really is time to...accumulate further knowledge about BSD on the Internet."
    (...)  Disorder" (BSD). The researchers say this condition should be recognized by the medical
    (...)  Dr Müller and her colleagues conducted research on data from earlier studies on compulsive
    (...)  up in debt. BSD can destroy marriages, relationships and mental health.
    (...)  shopping. Their research focused on 122 patients who sought treatment for BSD. Dr Müller reported that about five per cent
    (...)  illness. Researchers from the Hannover Medical School in Germany have termed it "Buying Shopping
    (...)  into an addiction. Experts believe there is a danger that online shopping can develop into a mental
    (...)  profession as an illness and should not simply be classed as one of various "impulse control" disorders. Psychotherapist Dr Astrid Müller
    (...)  using things they order, buying things for the sake of instant gratification, and ending
    (...)  of our own home. However, for many, the allure of shopping for bargains and treats can turn
    (...)  of the population may be suffering from BSD. She added that younger people are more prone to developing
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    Put the words in the right order

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    2. of   The   shopping   bargains   for   treats   .   and   allure
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    4. the   by   medical   profession   an   as   Recognized   illness   .
    5. really   time   to   accumulate   It   is   knowledge   .   further
    6. 122   focused   who   sought   treatment   .   on   patients   Research
    7. exhibit   negative   readily   with   People   behaviors   .   BSD
    8. excessive   Spending   amounts   of   on   money   things   .
    9. never   they   Hoarding   things   order   .   using   and
    10. for   things   the   of   instant   Buying   gratification   .   sake

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    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.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the advent of the internet has brought with it the convenience of shopping at our leisure in the comfort of our own home however for many the allure of shopping for bargains and treats can turn into an addiction experts believe there is a danger that online shopping can develop into a mental illness researchers from the hannover medical school in germany have termed it buying shopping disorder bsd the researchers say this condition should be recognized by the medical profession as an illness and should not simply be classed as one of various impulse control disorders psychotherapist dr astrid mller said it really is time to accumulate further knowledge about bsd on the internet

    dr mller and her colleagues conducted research on data from earlier studies on compulsive shopping their research focused on 122 patients who sought treatment for bsd dr mller reported that about five per cent of the population may be suffering from bsd she added that younger people are more prone to developing it and experienced greater levels of anxiety and depression people with bsd readily exhibit negative behaviors these include spending excessive amounts of money on things they dont need hoarding and never using things they order buying things for the sake of instant gratification and ending up in debt bsd can destroy marriages relationships and mental health

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheadventoftheInternethasbroughtwithittheconvenienceofshoppin
    gatourleisureinthecomfortofourownhome.However,formany,theall
    ureofshoppingforbargainsandtreatscanturnintoanaddiction.Experts
    believethereisadangerthatonlineshoppingcandevelopintoamentalill
    ness.ResearchersfromtheHannoverMedicalSchoolinGermanyhavet
    ermedit"BuyingShoppingDisorder"(BSD).Theresearcherssaythisco
    nditionshouldberecognizedbythemedicalprofessionasanillnessands
    houldnotsimplybeclassedasoneofvarious"impulsecontrol"disorders.
    PsychotherapistDrAstridMüllersaid:"Itreallyistimeto...accumulatef
    urtherknowledgeaboutBSDontheInternet."DrMüllerandhercolleagu
    esconductedresearchondatafromearlierstudiesoncompulsiveshoppi
    ng.Theirresearchfocusedon122patientswhosoughttreatmentforBS
    D.DrMüllerreportedthataboutfivepercentofthepopulationmaybesuff
    eringfromBSD.Sheaddedthatyoungerpeoplearemorepronetodevelo
    pingitandexperiencedgreaterlevelsofanxietyanddepression.People
    withBSDreadilyexhibitnegativebehaviors.Theseincludespendingexc
    essiveamountsofmoneyonthingstheydon'tneed,hoardingandnever
    usingthingstheyorder,buyingthingsforthesakeofinstantgratification
    ,andendingupindebt.BSDcandestroymarriages,relationshipsandme
    ntalhealth.

    Free writing

    Write about online shopping disorder for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Online shopping is better than shopping in malls. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SHOPPING: Make a poster about shopping. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ONLINE SHOPPING ADDICTION: Write a magazine article about limiting website time to curb online shopping addiction. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on online shopping. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can stay away from being addicted to online shopping. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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