Are you a social media addict?
Question: How many of you check Facebook, Instagram or Twitter before you even get out of bed in the morning? No? How about before you wash your face in the morning?
I am definitely guilty of this at least two or three days in the week. And that’s only because I actively stop myself from doing it on the other days.
Social media addiction is a real thing. I’m pretty sure I have it.
In a couple of weeks I’m going to Botswana for a whole week and do you want to know one of the things I’m looking forward to most? Sipping red wine in the bush under the stars? Um, YES. But also: no phone signal, no internet connection. An enforced break from all things social media. I can’t wait.
You may say that I could just give myself this break in the land of connectivity too – what’s stopping me except my own lack of self-control right? But the problem is, it’s my job now. I have linked myself inextricably to social networking sites.
Yip. That’s my story. It’s legit ok?
And I’m not complaining – I do love it. It gives me such a kick to watch clients’ followings and reach grow each week on various social media platforms, and to keep an eye on the latest platforms and trends. It’s all changing at a rapid pace and it’s pretty damn exciting to be involved in something like this. But, at times, it does get a bit much.
Do you know how many times I’ve checked Twitter while writing this post? I’m not going to tell you. Because it’s a few times too many.
I know I’m addicted. But I’m not alone.
Apparently an estimated 350 million social media users suffer from Facebook addiction syndrome. On average, people between the ages of 20 and 29 spend a full two hours a day on social media. 31% of people admit to checking social media while on the toilet. Yip. 31%.
Yes, these stats are a little scary. But, looking at my own life, I take solace in the fact that:
a) My friends do not refer to me by my Twitter or Instagram handle. It’s not that dire yet.
b) I don’t yet plan my day around the amount of battery I have left on my phone.
c) A notification doesn’t bring me more happiness than a smile from a real live person. And that’s a win for real life, right?
d) Being out of range for signal and internet connection for a whole week makes me excited rather than panicked.
So I can’t be that bad, right? There’s hope for me yet?
One last question: How many times did you check social media while reading this article? Mmmm. That’s what I thought.