Is Social Media a drug?

I recently read an article in the Daily Mail (I don't ordinarily read the Daily Mail) about internet addiction and some of the "symptoms" so it was interesting that I then read a post on the Fast Forward Blog called "Is Social Media the new cigarette?"

This post examines a survey of social media use by individuals in the US. Unsurprisingly Twitter came out at the most "addictive" "For respondents under age 35, 27% of those who use Facebook said they check it more than 10 times a day compared to 39% of Twitter users checking in on Twitter more than 10 times a day. I certainly find twitter more addictive. The activity is very fast and real time so you want to stay connected and it is easy to make a quick check."

Now I wouldn't say I'm addicted to Twitter, I certainly find it a very useful tool for finding out what other people in my area of work are doing and for letting people know what I'm doing. Twitter success is helped in no small part by the fact you can Tweet from practically anywhere!

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    # by David Viner - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Interesting question. Apparently, I am only 54% addicted to Twitter!

    You're right though, it is really useful for seeing what others are doing around you. However, I also find it fun, and good for keeping track of news, books, music and other interests,

    Sadly, where I work I think people think I'm addicted to social media, but that's just because I use it, and it's often where I turn to first for information. There is a difference!

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    # by Breeezy724 - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    I must have taken the same quiz as David because I know I am 43% addicted to Twitter!

    And the people who look down on us for being addicted to social media don't understand its purpose. If I was addicted to Facebook than I would be embarrassed because it's narcissistic and voyeuristic. But being addicted to digg, delicious, and twitter keeps me abreast of technology and science news, the latest software design, and NASA's every move, just to name a few. If people would stop looking down on social media (perhaps because "social" can be misconstrued pejoratively) we could better integrate it into our work and education.