When you go out for dinner with a friend do you spend most of your time catching up or checking your Facebook and Twitter accounts? The world is rife with habits that can quickly get you hooked—like gambling, shopping, tanning, and even eating junk food. Even healthy habits, like exercise, can be taken to the extreme and form addictive behaviors.
Here are seven surprising yet dangerously addictive habits…
1. Shopping Addiction
Despite the fact that your friends refer to you as a shopaholic, you continue to literally shop till you drop—despite the disastrous consequences to your financial wellbeing. Compulsive shoppers suffer from a psychological disorder that encourages compulsive spending, not to attain material objects, but rather with the belief that their purchases will increase their self-esteem, appearance, reputation, and social relationships.
A 2013 study from San Francisco State University explored the economic psychology around shopping addiction. Researchers suspect that roughly 2- to 9-percent of Americans are guilty of compulsive shopping, but interestingly discovered that the same individuals are also prone to anxiety, mood, and eating disorders. Results from the study found that despite poor credit management, compulsive shoppers tend to buy items they don’t really need for the dopamine (feel-good-chemical) “buy high”.