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Are Young Women Addicted To Facebook?

July 8, 2010

Social media addiction is becoming a reality in the online social networking world.Are Young Women Addicted To Facebook

A recent Study announced by Mashable and conducted by Oxygen Media exposes the extent to which social media addiction has become for young women by revealing that 33% of women under the age of 34 check Facebook even before they go to the bathroom in the morning. The study also revealed the ongoing privacy concerns that people about Facebook and sharing on social media by mentioning that

54% of 18-24 year old women do not trust Facebook with their private information, and 89% agree that “you should never put anything on Facebook that you don’t want your parents to see.” That seems contradictory to the 42% that think it’s fine to post pictures of themselves drunk“.

I recently mentioned  in a post about the worlds largest blog that one of the business drivers and reasons that Arianna Huffington started Huffington Post was  that she recognized the “obsessive compulsive nature of the web”.

Personally one of the the reasons that attracted me to social media was the observation that the web drove obsessive behaviour (where there is obsession there is power and opportunity) and  I had initially observed this in my teenage children as they dashed upstairs to check the computer straight after dinner and it wasn’t for the latest information or an email from a friend to help with their research for their assignments or homework.

I ran a recent poll more for fun than anything else titled  ‘10 signs you are addicted to social media‘ where to date 70 people have voted and the  results so far reveal that nearly 50% of people that voted admitted that they had 5 or more symptoms of social media addiction. There was a comment on the post by  Ashley who said.

“Hello, my name is Ashley, and I am a social media addict. Before I do anything in the morning – even turn on the lights- I grab my laptop at the side of my bed (because I had to check my Facebook and Twitter before I could fall asleep) and I check to see what kind of activity happened while I was sleeping!”

Maybe Ashley has stated the most obvious and important sign that indicates that you have a social media addiction is the answer to the question…

Do you keep your laptop at the side of your bed at night?”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2010 11:30 am

    Unfortunately, people are no longer socializing in person and opt to use FB and Twitter. It has taken over how people communicate in general. Instead of talking to your friends on the phone and exchanging notes, letters, etc., this has become way too convenient.

    What concerns me is how this is setting a poor example for children. If mom and dad are on FB talking about “the good old days of college” it is a matter of time before the kids follow. The interesting thing is these people do not value their privacy till they have no choice and are completely exploited. Look at new celebs. Kendra Wilkinson never thought she was going to be famous and her thoughtless activities in her early 20’s are now a big shadow on her marriage and her child. It is a shame too because she was just being herself and had no idea her ex-bf would do that to her. (He sold a private sex video they made together) However, the lesson is there for those who wish to heed it.

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