At some point Zou Xiaoming, a 28 years old man coming from Chengdu in China, gradually became addicted to shopping online. He spent 3422 RMB on the internet shopping, more than his salary of a month. He changed his signature on his QQ to “no shopping online in April”. Psychologists say that habitual online shopping becomes more and more popular, which can be seen as precursor of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Zou Xiaoming said that no online shopping gave him the heebie-jeebies. He stayed at home for the whole last weekend. His room is full of express packages, about more than 100. He said necessaries of life took up about 50 percent of his online shopping. And the other half were useless things that he bought irrationally online, which spent him a lot of money. He took out a stack of bills from the drawer. They showed that he spent 3422 RMB on online shopping in March, including a phone that cost him 1526 RMB, a digital reader that cost him 1123 RMB, books that cost him 268 RMB and other necessaries of life that cost him 505 RMB. He said “Phone and digital reader are just a waste of money.” He never used them after he bought them.
Zou Xiaoming is a website editor and his salary is about 3000 RMB. He spent more money on the internet shopping than his salary, which makes him feel depressed. He also said that the first thing he did on his work was to surf the online shopping sites.
Many people become addicted to online shopping and it’s an unhealthy lift style. And it may become OCD if you continue this habit.