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Compulsive shopping - True or False

Compulsive shopping - True or False

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A new illness, the Compulsive Buying Disorder, has been diagnosed. Its symptoms are frequent thoughts of shopping, experiencing senseless impulses to purchase unneeded items, and overspending to the extent that it harms relationships or job performance. A recent survey has found that one in twenty American adults buy things they may not even want or need. In today's world of consumerism, where we are constantly bombarded by ads, this is perhaps not unusual. But more surprising is a further finding that runs counter to the conventional and rather stereotyped view that compulsive buying is very much a "woman's disease": men are just as likely as women to suffer from compulsive buying. Gone seem to be the days when women dragged their bored men around shopping malls.

Researchers say that the number of men who indulge in unnecessary shopping has rocketed. Experts claim that past trends and figures may have been unfairly distorted as male obsessive shoppers used to be more reluctant than women to recognize that they have a problem, admit it, and seek help. While women buy more clothing and products that improve appearance, men tend to focus more on gadgets and technical items and can become compulsive collectors.

And help seems to be exactly what the doctor orders for any compulsive shopper who is usually not made any happier by his or her relentless buying. Doctors have concluded that this behaviour is a way for people to try to complete themselves. For some people, being complete is being impeccably dressed or having something new. Instead, medical practitioners encourage those seeking treatment to cultivate non-materialistic aspects of their lives.

Are these statements TRUE or FALSE? Justify your answers with the precise words or phrases from the text. (?)

According to the survey, women are more compulsive shoppers than men

Experts believe that buying is a form of self-realization for compulsive shoppers

Explicación: Para la primera afirmación el párrafo relevante es:

"... men are just as likely as women to suffer from compulsive buying."  destacar parrafo

La respuesta la encontramos en el primer párrafo, que nos explica que, al contrario que la creencia popular, las compras compulsivas no son exclusivamente cosa de mujeres, sino que los hombres padecen igual que ellas de este trastorno.

Mientras que para la segunda es:

"Doctors have concluded that this behaviour is a way for people to try to complete themselves"  destacar parrafo

El último párrafo está dedicado a la opinión de los expertos respecto a este tema. En él, se explica que los médicos afirman que este tipo de conducta (comprar de manera compulsiva) es un modo  de realizarse a sí mismos para algunas personas.

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