Social media addiction is becoming a reality in the online social networking world.
A recent Study announced by Mashable and conducted by Oxygen Media exposes the extent to which social media addiction has become for young women by revealing that 33% of women under the age of 34 check Facebook even before they go to the bathroom in the morning. The study also revealed the ongoing privacy concerns that people about Facebook and sharing on social media by mentioning that
“54% of 18-24 year old women do not trust Facebook with their private information, and 89% agree that “you should never put anything on Facebook that you don’t want your parents to see.” That seems contradictory to the 42% that think it’s fine to post pictures of themselves drunk“.
I recently mentioned in a post about the worlds largest blog that one of the business drivers and reasons that Arianna Huffington started Huffington Post was that she recognized the “obsessive compulsive nature of the web”.
Personally one of the the reasons that attracted me to social media was the observation that the web drove obsessive behaviour (where there is obsession there is power and opportunity) and I had initially observed this in my teenage children as they dashed upstairs to check the computer straight after dinner and it wasn’t for the latest information or an email from a friend to help with their research for their assignments or homework.
I ran a recent poll more for fun than anything else titled ‘10 signs you are addicted to social media‘ where to date 70 people have voted and the results so far reveal that nearly 50% of people that voted admitted that they had 5 or more symptoms of social media addiction. There was a comment on the post by Ashley who said.
“Hello, my name is Ashley, and I am a social media addict. Before I do anything in the morning – even turn on the lights- I grab my laptop at the side of my bed (because I had to check my Facebook and Twitter before I could fall asleep) and I check to see what kind of activity happened while I was sleeping!”
Maybe Ashley has stated the most obvious and important sign that indicates that you have a social media addiction is the answer to the question…
“Do you keep your laptop at the side of your bed at night?”