23 Signs You are Addicted To Social Media

April 6th, 2009 |


Ploked.com is all about being plugged into social media. We strive to provide informative, relevant, and unique perspectives in the world of social media.

Managing your social media campaign can be a full time job for most people.  However, there are tools, widgets, plugins, and more applications being developed at a rapid rate.  Even with these advances in social media management, does it really free you from getting tangled in the social media web?  Or does it simply allow you to dive deeper down the rabbit hole to realize you have alot more work ahead of you in your social media campaign?

I find that even with all the tools I use to help myself be more efficient, I still seem to spend just as much time on social media sites if not more.  So am I addicted to social media?  More importantly, are YOU addicted to social media?

Let’s take a look and answer a few tell-tale signs that indicate you are more than likely addicted to social media.

  1. You update your facebook whenever you leave the computer, whether you are gone for a minute to get some coffee, or leaving the office for the day.
  2. You spend more time conversing with your online friends than you do with your own family.
  3. The pictures you take are not for “memories” but rather updating your social networking profiles.
  4. When you hear a joke in person, you say “lol” instead of actually laughing out loud.
  5. Your social media friend accounts significantly out number your real life friends.
  6. You can type faster than you can talk.
  7. Social networks are your main point of contact with your friends.
  8. You hear direct message “pings” in your head when you are away from the computer.
  9. You bought a new cell phone specifically to be more efficient in operating your daily social networking activities when away from your computer.
  10. You constantly putting a “@” symbol in front of someone’s name, whether in an email, on a forum, or even writing by hand.
  11. You go through withdrawals when you can’t access your favorite social media site as a result of a server down, blocked at work, or no wi-fi connection available.
  12. When you meet someone new, you give them a link to your twitter account instead of your phone number/email address.
  13. When asked how much time you spend on social media sites each day, you take the actual time spent and divide it by 3…so if you spend 6 hours on it, you tell others it was only 2.
  14. You skip a meal in order to spend more uninterrupted time on your favorite social network.
  15. For news information you use sites such as digg.com, reddit.com, or twitter search opposed to CNN, foxnews, or the WSJ.
  16. You “tweet” while driving.
  17. It feels good to be part of something “viral” and to help spread it.
  18. You have attended a “tweetup”.
  19. While attending the above mentioned “tweetup” you “tweeted” the event to others.
  20. If you meet someone in person, you commonly refer to them by their online handle instead of their real name.
  21. You don’t view the “fail whale” as a sign to step away from the computer, but instead an opportunity to jump over to another social media site for the time being.
  22. You are reading this blog post and nodding your head in agreement.
  23. After nodding your head, you decide you are indeed addicted to social media and tweet this post!

So are you addicted yet?  Any other signs that should be added to the list?

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  • http://ragtag.wordpress.com karl

    obviously must add, you like reading lists that tell you if you are addicted to social media

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/ploked ploked

      so very true :)

  • http://pinkypetals.net Pinkypetals

    I supposed to read this,anyway great article :)

  • http://blog.metuzalem.hr SEOMetuzalem

    haha, sad true :(

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/MikeHaydon MikeHaydon

    Hi, my name's Mike and I'm a social media addict lol

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  • http://jkw.typepad.com Joan Koerber-Walker

    Ur writing skills have degenerated into a cryptic code that only a texting teen can understand and you think its gr8. LOL

    • jennifersage

      that's what i use as my #1 criteria for addiction, fortunately it's worked out in negative so far. i like that part of your post included txting teen code (sorta) and i hope that was intentional

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  • http://anitacmccants.blogspot.com Anita McCants

    I think I'm addicted to Twitter right now :~)

  • http://vanitygirlmusings.blogspot.com Vanity Girl

    I'm so addicted :(

  • http://kovshenin.com kovshenin

    Well, most of them apply for me :) tho we haven't had any tweetups in Russia :( but hell yeah, I'm addicted 😉

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  • http://www.collabo.com Collabo

    If you've taken the time to read this list, you're probably addicted to social media.

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  • http://www.meiyah.info Miah

    hahahaha… nice post! You got me there! :)

  • http://www.mihirlakhani.com Mihir Lakhani

    at 1st go i thought i dont wanna read, i know i m addicted 😛
    but i still wanted to read !! lol

    i nodded my head in agreement at each point

    and now gonna RT … and spread viral 😉



  • http://www.BrandonSheley.org Brandon Sheley

    Great post, good read :)
    I’ll bookmark your blog, I’ve never seen it before

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  • http://twentyfourcarat.net Katy

    Can’t agree more!!

  • http://eBusinessforChrist.com Social Evangelist Joseph Romero

    So Funny and True I can relate to getting that Ice Coffee and coming back to work more. I believe I should mention this or put a chapter in regarding addictions in my New Twitter book. “Tweeting with a purpose” In real life I was a former addicted to drugs should I say I found a new drug? (smile).

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  • http://www.ingagenetworks.com/ Courtney Wiley

    SO TRUE! #6 is definitely me. :) Great post. Fun to read.

  • http://twitter.com/KDFReprographic Matt Valentine

    This is a great list…just compiled my own, hope I didn't overlap with any check it out if you're interested http://kdf-comp.blogspot.com/2010/02/10-signs-y

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    I have been deeply addicted to social media:(

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    I have been deeply addicted to social media:(

  • Tokioxpanda

    I would say 8 out of 24 for me. I don't know if it is bad or not.

    • Tokioxpanda

      My bad. 8 out of the 23.

  • Pamgemmecke

    Whew…what a relief…I'm not addicted…WAIT! There is a new messege on my FB page!