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Shopping Is The New Porn Addiction?

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The Daily Mail has a story today about how some women think about shopping more than they think about sex, which left us a bit flabbergasted. In a survey of almost 800 British women, three-quarters of them thinking about shopping every minute. Half of them said they preferred shopping to even spending time with their partner, and about the same amount said they hide their spending from their partner. It says something disturbing about the level to which the consumption of goods has become so deeply ingrained into our individual and collective psyches that it trumps even biological urges like sex and companionship. Given that I'm a blogger, I think I'll stick to thinking about sex all the time. It's way cheaper. [Daily Mail]

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Scoithniamh

I don't understand. Thinking about the actual act of shopping once a minute? Because no. But thinking about the consumption of material goods or something more abstract? Oh, totally. Guilty, right here. I mean, what constitutes the thoughts of shopping? (Apologies if this is in the article, I have a really hard time offering up page views to the Daily Mail and try to avoid it at all cost.)

I would love to say that I'm all free-wheelin' sex lovin', and in a way I am, but I also love things. Bright shiny new things. I think the way consumption is viewed, on this blog, and amongst most of my friends is interesting: we laugh and scorn what we arbitrarily deem excess materialism, but then we just as intensely long for, let's say, botkier bags or christian louboutin shoes. Eh, just the price of being judgy, I suppose. Which I love.