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10-Step Program

How to tell when you're an e-shopping addict

10 You've developed a parental attachment to your virtual shopping carts Babette, Nico, and Little Timmy.

9 Your ''Proceed to Check Out'' finger bleeds.

8 The phrase ''If you liked Parenthood, you'll love Boyz N the Hood'' makes sense.

7 You have a closet of brand-new clothes you never wear—because you never go outside anymore.

6 You introduce yourself by your code name, bookgurl5678. 5 You break up with your significant other to focus on your career. Now what was it you used to do? 4 You log on to and hear, ''He's baaack.''

3 You really need a new thermos, that Nolan Ryan Commemorative Knife Collection, and a fedora. No, seriously, really.

2 Paper quaint.

1 When a friend suggests a trip to the mall, you call him ''a small-minded proletarian who cannot possibly grasp the cyber-revolution at hand.'' Then you ask him to buy you some deodorant.

Originally posted Nov 12, 1999 Published in issue #512 Nov 12, 1999 Order article reprints

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