These days there seems to be an addiction for everything – sex, drugs, sleeping – you name it, and it’s probably in the dictionary under ‘diagnosed medical conditions’; so it’s no surprise to hear that new research has found social media to be even more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol.
As you sit here reading this blog post (with one hand scrolling through your twitter updates on your smart phone, whilst simultaneously connecting with industry colleagues on LinkedIn and untagging those unflattering photos your friend tagged you in over the weekend on Facebook), see how many of the below statements you can agree with:
- You’d choose a visit to the dentist… over giving up your facebook profile. Yes folks, it’s hard to believe but a recent study conducted in the US found that 48% of adults would prefer to have root canal therapy than give up their daily facebook habit.
- You often wonder why gmail & outlook haven’t added a ‘like’ or *facepalm* meme response for outgoing emails.. c’mon, you just know its a great idea!
- You’ve contracted RSI in your forefinger …for pinning ALL THE THINGS
- You’re genuinely puzzled when you.. complain to our friends and colleagues about the latest klout score measurement modifications, only to be met with an equally puzzled friend who asks if klout is a euphemism for something kinky.
- You think it’s perfectly acceptable that a person you’ve never met in real life …is intimately equated with all aspects of your latest meal (via the photos you’ve proudly snapped using various artsy filters on Instragram)
- You’ve gone way past the traditional mundane tweet habit of letting your networks know the exact times, dates and movement patterns of your personal grooming routine.. not when you can now go one step further and insist on creating infographics which realistically represent you average work/life movements.
- You’re campaigning heavily at work to have business cards replaced with QR codes.. or taking it that one step too far by adding your twitter handle to the bottom of work presentations (given that the audience is made up of the people you literally you’ve sat next to for the past 2 working years)
I’ll throw one more personal insight into the mix – the day I knew I had finally crossed over to the social media dark side was when my fellow work colleagues started referring to me as ‘The Twitter Machine’ (or TM for short) at work!
What was the one thing or personal experience that made you realise you had an unhealthy social media addiction? I’d love to know! (or tell me on twitter @Jessclicka #SMAddict hahah!)