Are you addicted to Twitter?

Twitter is a fun way to share your thoughts and feelings in a 140 characters or less, but according to some research it seems that this form of social networking maybe more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol. The below graphic from Mashable collects some of the recent research on the topic.

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One the articles cited was based on a study of 205 people ages 18 to 85 in the German city of Wurtsberg. The study found that relative to other desires or addictive behaviors the urge to use social media was much stronger. One explanation for this behavior from the researchers is that relative to other desires social media does not “cost” much. There is a definite economic and health cost to the use of alcohol and tobacco, but the only cost to the user of social media is time which, of course, can have effects on someone’s work and social life.

So, are you or someone you know addicted to Twitter? Is this even a real problem?

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6 thoughts on “Are you addicted to Twitter?

  1. Articles on this topic seem to be popping up a lot lately and I suspect will continue to more in the coming years. Since mental obsession addictions can be as strong as physical addictions I see it as a real problem that can certainly have a number of negative consequences on a person’s life.

  2. I think this article brings up a very good point in relation to social media in general not just twitter. Most people use some form of social media daily if not multiple times a day. I know I would feel disconnected if I did not go on Facebook for a week let alone a day…but I would never say I was addicted…it’s just come to be a normal activity.

  3. But there’s also economic and health cost when get addicted to social website. You pay for electricity and the devices to get online and there is radiation coming out from your laptops or mobile. It just seems so insignificant that people want to ignore them.
    For me, I am not addicted to twitter. Actually, the only way I use twitter mostly is to look up for some sports scores, Premier League and tennis.
    In a modern world, people find it easier to get connection with others via social media. For those celebrities, of course there is a need that it’s necessary for them to be exposed to the public to some extent in a certain way. But I would agree with Kristina that this just becomes a normal activity for modern people due to technology innovation. After all, no one got addicted to tv in the early 1900s and only after 1960s came the word Potato Couch. Whether it should be related to an addiction may also need us to concern about the definition of addiction.

  4. According to a Mexican study, Facebook addicts had a higher incidence of depression and lower physical and general self-esteem levels than less frequent Facebook users. Before mutating into a social network addict, perhaps we need to think about our investment risk and potencial rewards by using social media tools.

  5. Personally I am not addicted to social media because they take up too much time to me. I don’t regard it as a news source either. I only treat it as a way for entertainment. However, I think for social media addicts, they don’t care about the cost of time at all; instead, they only care about the value which social media bring to them. Celebrities use social media to increase their awareness, which is easy to understand how they become social media addicts. As more and more people build massive followings, they gradually became “celebrity” online. The psychological satisfaction of being “social media celebrity” makes them be more obsessed with social media and spend more time updating the feeds or tweets in order to build their personal brand. By this token, the cost of time seems to be valuable to them.

  6. I dont think its an addiction to the medium, rather the end result. If Twitter left tomorrow, there would be 100 new services offered from different providers in a matter of minutes. We are a societly that knowledge is power, and curiosity is king. The ability to have limitless information at the tip of your fingers is greatly complemented by basic human nature.

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