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.
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?