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Rehab: 7 Reasons Why We’re Addicted to Social Media

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Social media has been the “big thing” lately. It’s on the news, it’s the topic of conversation, it’s what all the “cool” people are doing. But why exactly are we so addicted to social networking, widgets, applications, and the like?

  1. It’s the shiny new thing: Like Pogs and Pokemon cards once were for my generation, social media is the shiny new thing. Everybody’s doing it, everybody’s talking about it, and if you’re not, then people look at you with disgust. “What do you mean you’re not on Facebook?” Not being involved in social networking has become a cardinal sin of some sort.
  2. All the cool people are doing it: Yes, it’s true. Celebrities are all over social networking. Ashton, Diddy, Demi, and a sleuth of other A listers (even B, C, and D listers) are involved in social media of some sort. If you’re following them on Twitter or you’re a fan (or these days if you “like” them) on Facebook, you want the inside scoop of their every move, every purchase, every waking moment (and sometimes sleeping).
  3. It makes it easy to keep in touch: Remember in high school when you wrote in everyone’s yearbook KIT? Social networking has made that so much easier. No more overflowing address books. No more memorizing so-and-so’s number or sending them invitations to your baby shower if you’re not sure if they still live with their mom. It’s easier than ever to avoid being home sick from hometown friends, meet new people, or connect with people you just met using social networking.
  4. You can get a job: LinkedIn’s new following feature gives you an inside scoop on if your dream job is available. Using your connections has never been easier. You can ask if someone could introduce you to a certain someone that you didn’t even think your former coworker knew.
  5. It’s readily available: Mobile is the next big wave for social media. Applications are everywhere, making life simpler and more fun to participate in. With easy to use mobile sites, people can stay connected with the happenings of their friends and family with a simple glance at their smart phone.
  6. It’s easy to use: Depending on what you’re involved in, social media is relatively easy to use and get into. There’s a huge community of mommy bloggers out there as well as any other group you may belong to. Forums, chats, and groups have made it easy to convene with like-minded individuals.
  7. Instant news: Never before has it been so easy to be in the know about what the heck is going on. You now have things to talk about at get togethers. The news is only a status update or e-mail away.

It’s not hard to see that social media has changed our lives. Whether it’s for the better or for the worse is truly up to the individual. As it continues to evolve, so will the average user.

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2 responses

  1. One thing I could add is with all the new applications being created daily how could you not love using Social media? As a matter of fact we have a list of over 180+ applications that are free to use on Twitter alone!
    I would love to share them with your readers. http://bit.ly/cHv48N Thanks

    May 13, 2010 at 4:18 am

    • Thanks Gabriella! That’s very true. There’s so many new things all the time, which satisfies our short attention spans.

      I’ll be adding your blog to our upcoming blogroll!

      Briana

      May 13, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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