As I was riding the train yesterday, I look across the aisle to see the faces of five of my fellow passengers – an entire row of people – buried in their mobile devices.
For the whole ride from Montclair to New York Penn Station, they remain transfixed to the little screens of their “i” devices.
No small talk.
No exchanged glances.
Expressionless faces peering into the void.
Looking around the train car, I noted that virtually everyone was on something.
With the exception of one couple deep in a conversation, everyone else – literally everyone else – was on some form of electronic device.
The lady to my left was ensconced in her Facebook feed.
The dude next to her was scrolling through Instagram.
Not to be the odd man out, I whipped out my iPhone, dialed up my Facebook app and began mindlessly “liking” updates in my News Feed.
Like a zombie, I stared blankly into my iPhone’s screen waiting for that thing – that visceral feeling – that made me ‘thumbs up’ one inane item or another posted by my friends.
And in that moment, I realized that I was addicted to social media.
Somehow, I had transformed from someone who thrived on human connections, to one subsisting on virtual interactions.
I knew something was amiss.
I also knew that I wasn’t alone.
Like the passengers on the train, there are probably millions out there, similarly addicted.
Today’s post is devoted to helping you figure out if you too, are an addict.
So here are the top 10 signs that you’re addicted to social media.
1. The first thing and last thing you do every day is check out your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed.
2. You ask people for life advice on Facebook. “Hey FB, am I addicted to FB?”
3. You’re always taking and posting selfies.
4. You talk in acronyms. OMG! I’m a SM addict! SMH LMFAO
5. You constantly use hashtags. #youreaddicted #toptenlist #stephenchukumbarocks
6. You threaten to “unfriend” or “unfollow” people.
7. You get offended when people don’t accept your friend request or follow you back.
8. You experience the “phantom buzz” even when you don’t have your phone on you.
9. You check your phone impulsively and at the most inappropriate times.
10. You start or end you day with a greeting to your “Facebook family.”
If you exhibit any of these signs, put down your phone or tablet device, and get help immediately.
You could be suffering social media addiction.
If you don’t seek treatment right away, you may find yourself incapable of holding regular conversations and social interactions may become increasingly awkward.