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Are Popular Social Media Sites, Like Facebook and Twitter, Addictive?

As I rushed out the door this morning with my laptop in one hand and iPhone in the other, results from a new survey that aired on the morning news confirmed what I already knew - checking email and using social media is addictive.

Chicago University's Booth Business School conducted an experiment using BlackBerry devices to test the will power of 205 people between the ages of 18 and 85 in the German city of Wurtzburg. Participants were asked seven times a day over the course of a week to identify desires they were experiencing and the strength of said desires. The team sifted through thousands of responses and came up with some telling results. Thankfully, the study showed we're all not slaves to vice and distraction, as the need for sleep and leisure topped the list. However, next on the list of "self-control failure rates" was checking in with social media, email and work -- ahead of the urge to have a Camel Light, while sipping on that glass of 12-year single malt scotch.

I am not surprised by this at all. Despite laws against it, when I look at the cars next to me on my hour-long commute into work nearly everyone is using a smart phone. Are you one of the addicts constantly glancing down to refresh your Facebook page, or check Twitter to see what’s going on? I’m guilty of it. It is distracting and it’s hard to stop. For awhile, I put the phone in the glove compartment while I was driving and it was so hard to ignore the beeps and buzzing. I think I’ll give it another try. I’ll let you know.

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Comment by Theresa Masnik on February 10, 2012 at 4:53pm

Sarah - I'm curious, what was the outcome of your second attempt at "ignoring the beeps and buzzing"? I agree that continually checking email, Tweeting and updating Facebook posts has become quite addictive - but isn't that the point of social media, to update, update, update? I think it's a catch-22 and I certainly need to work on knowing that walking away from social media is a good thing sometimes.

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