Ok I know you have a Facebook account cos we all do and its already an integral part of our lives. And then there is twitter where you get the information trending on the fly and there is digg, bbm, reddit, pininterest, and oh the new instagram and the list of social engagements we live on are becoming endless. No doubt its the world we live in right now but then are you asking like i am now if you are addicted to it? Or you just keep telling yourself, Its trending so why not join the ship….?

There is a study from Uni.Chicago that social media is now even more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. What are addictions? Addictions are, after all, about feeding a compelling urge, and one of the greatest human urges is the yearning to feel connected and a part of something larger. Nothing satisfies this particular urge like logging on and being social with the masses at any hour of the day or night.

So let me ask, how many hours do you spend on social media everyday? do not try to justify it, how many? 7,12, 15 hours? Seriously even if you are a social Media Consultant, A pro Blogger, An Internet Geek..spending great amount of your day amounts to one thing (You are Addicted). Now tell me you just convinced yourself thats the way to go but if Social Media suddenly disappeared, what do you think is left of your present life? you judge. I mean, We’ve all seen it. The person you’re talking to checks her Facebook status while you’re engrossed in conversation, thinking you won’t notice, Your friend is busy Trending on twitter while you are in a meeting. Social media is all well and good, but what do you do when you’ve gone too far?

One thing though, We are in a Social Media Addicted Society but you don’t need to be.

Wait, Why are we addicted? Social media addiction might be spurred by feelings of low self-esteem, according to a BrainBlogger post

…it has been noted that there may be a correlation between low self-esteem and a sense of social inadequacy and social network addiction. It seems that many types of social interaction which would present great challenges in the real world for certain types of individuals have been rendered much easier for them in the virtual world, thus putting them at a higher risk of becoming addicted to Facebook and the like.

Okay, so ask yourself, Hope you are not using Social Media to hide your low-self esteem? Whether its a yes or no, you can be better than that addict.

Still not sure if you are an addict? What do you answer to the following Questions

  • Do you Check Facebook or Twitter first thing in the morning, before you shower or have your morning coffee?
  • Do you turn your computer monitor around so co-workers can’t see how much time you spend checking your personal Facebook, Digg and Twitter accounts at work?
  • Do you wake up in the middle of the night to check Twitter to see if you’ve been mentioned?
  • Do you panic when you are 3 hours without your fone or social connection or feel like something is missing when you go on vacation and can’t check social media accounts?
  • Do you social media to forget about your personal problems, just like alcoholics do?
  • Do you Spend more time interacting with people on social sites than in person?
  • You have tried to cut down on the use of Facebook without success.
  • You fill up your friends’ Facebook walls with  your own posts?
  • You get stay so long on social media, get bored and thats why you still wanna be cos its like the only place where you find happiness?

Well, I guess you can answer the Question yourself, You are an Addict but like i said you are not alone you just need to work at your own addiction.

The idea is if you depend on social media for your pleasure, it’s time to step back. Track how much time you’re spending on social sites, and make an effort to cut back. If you can’t do it on your own, try a new tool i discovered that can help you cut down on your Internet usage MacFreedom  so that you can work offline without temptation.

Like someone said, Work a day and weekend without your social medias, you can be pretty sure, your social “friends” won’t miss you that much.