Are You Addicted to Social Media? Just Asking!

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Hi, my name is Genevieve…and I’m addicted to social media! That’s right, I admit it!

I’m not certain exactly what makes people get hooked on social media sites, I’m sure it’s different for everyone. Perhaps it’s friendship, the opportunity for self-expression or just for something to do.

How do you know if you’re addicted to social media? Answer a few of these questions and see! Don’t forget to give us your answer in this week’s poll below.

  1. You check your Facebook status before your morning coffee.
  2. You share pictures of your dinner on Instagram and proceed to also post it on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
  3. You Tweet about a current earthquake instead of taking cover.
  4. You wake up in the middle of the night thinking of a great post for your Facebook Page.
  5. You update your status or Tweet on the toilet.
  6. You refresh your Facebook newsfeed more than once within 45 seconds to make sure you don’t have any new notifications.
  7. You have a Pinterest board for every one of your favorite animals.
  8. You check-in on Foursquare at the hospital when you/your wife go into labor.
  9. You participate in Tweetchats every week.
  10. You call your friends “peeps”.
  11. You spend more time talking to your Facebook or Twitter friends than your own family.
  12. You have an Empire Avenue account.
  13. You have a tantrum when you see the fail whale.
  14. You get excited anytime you have a Retweet.
  15. You can Tweet your life story under 140 characters.
  16. You update your status while driving the kids to soccer.
  17. You sleep with your phone under your pillow so that you can check you social networks during the night…just in case.
  18. You have the Google+ app on your phone.
  19. You have Twitter parties.
  20. You go into social media withdrawals and get very “edgy” when you’re on vacation without internet connection.

If you answered yes to more than 3 questions, you’re probably well on your way to becoming a social media addict!

 

  • I answered yes to more than 3 but I won’t admit how many! So yes, it is possible to be addicted to social media. To keep things in perspective I try to totally unplug at least half a day once or twice a week; it’s hard.

Genevieve Lachance is a web marketing consultant who has a passion for social media and technology based in Montreal, Canada. Read More About Me »