Often, people only become aware of their addiction to buying when they are facing financial difficulties. Despite the fact that shopping addiction is not recognized as a legitimate medical condition, it shares many characteristics with other addictions, including excess, tolerance, and relapse in addition to withdrawal symptoms and mood swings.
The results of the study in the International Journal of Consumer Studies demonstrated that shopping junkies only worry about their personal finances when they are obviously approaching debt. The emergence of shopping addiction is also influenced by a lack of understanding of the financial repercussions.
Everyone can learn how to be self-reliant. As a result, it would be crucial to impart self-regulation skills in digital settings at both home and school.
According to the findings: “The results indicated that low self-regulation in an online environment facilitates online shopping addiction, which further leads to dissatisfaction toward personal money management through indebtedness. Moreover, we illustrated how distractive stimuli of digital environments can act as primers for addiction by showing how problems in regulating smartphone use facilitates online shopping addiction for young adults with generally low self-regulation.”
“We conclude our article by offering guidance on how the teaching of self-regulatory strategies as well as financial and information communications technology skills may decrease the tendency for online shopping addiction.”