Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Social Networking: Time to Go Cold Turkey?
Quickly, I documented several of the bullet points below and the rest flowed in piece meal.
And lo and behold, an article just came out regarding a study on social media addiction, spurring me on!
And some of you know that sometimes I make light of things. We all need to cut loose from time to time, right?
Therefore, I present to you my list of criteria with tell-tale signs that a social networking addiction is taking hold. The list is not complete by any means. If anything, it’s meant to give you a chuckle. It’s likely we’re all guilty of at least one or two of the items cited here. If you identify with at least ten of them, call a doctor or a social media specialist. Please.
You know you’re addicted to social networking when you:
• Share silly kitten photos without even thinking about it.
• Inform your friends about every airport meal you’re having.
• Think the terms “facebooking” and “friending” are verbs.
• Post and/or tweet five times in four minutes.
• Refer to people on Google+ as “plusers” or “plussers”.
• Are so busy posting that there's no time to respond to comments on your own posts.
• The 47 inch TV in your living room is usually dark.
Have YouTube always queued up.
• Get excited when you see a white number inside a red rectangle.
• Learn the latest gossip about your childhood friends via Facebook.
• Program your tweets so you can spend more time on other social networks.
Are already on Pinterest.
• Watched the Super Bowl with a beer on the left, buffalo wings on the right, and a laptop in the middle.
• Have Firefox and Chrome both in full swing with your multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts open.
• Someone makes a joke about “crackbook” and you think it’s funny.
• Check your Facebook messages and notifications before your email.
So, how did you do? And what else would you add to this list?
John Lennon reminded us how painful withdrawal from an addiction can be with this moving song.