#AddictedToTwitter

Am I addicted to Twitter? Thats a pretty easy question….YES!

I joined Twitter in 2009, purely to see what all the fuss was about as I was always hearing some of my favorite TV personalities talking about how much they loved being on it and I was under the impression that this was THE thing to be a part of. My first few months of Twitter life were not very exciting and I was seriously considering packing it in. However this was until I started to use Twitter on my phone- this is where my love of Twitter officially began!

Fast-forward to 2013 and I am literally never off Twitter. Now I use it constantly, it is nearly the first thing I check when I wake up in the morning and at night I go through a number of refreshes before finally calling it a night. If you catch me looking and scrolling through my phone then there is about a 99% chance that I am on Twitter. I would go so far as to say that I prefer using Twitter to using Facebook. This can be backed up by my near 7000 tweets on my personal profile, however the main addiction comes from the constant scrolling of my newsfeed to see what is happening in the “twittersphere”. Scrolling through Twitter is something that has become almost as basic to me as eating, it is just far too easy and convenient to do, particularly when boredom is kicking in. So what do I see on my Twitter feed that is just too interesting? I follow nearly 900 tweeters, from WWE wrestlers like John Cena, CM Punk and The Rock, TV presenters like Alan Carr, Holly Willoughby and Keith lemon, pop stars, sports stars, news anchors, actors, comedians, models, business bloggers to even my own friends. Basically a who’s who of my interests and loves are on my Twitter feed. I must also be doing something right as I have nearly 220 followers with me treating each new follow as a monsterous achievement ( I’m catching you Bieber!) This I think is what makes Twitter superior to Facebook, you have everything that is happening to everyone in the world at the palm of your hand, in 140 characters or less.

You might read this and think that I need to get out more, and you may be right, but I am far from the only person that has problem. If you take a look at some of these facts you may be surprised to learn that Twitter is indeed a fundamental part of life in the 21st century. On average 750 tweets are sent per second, this means that while you have been reading this already over 10,000 tweets have probably been sent worldwide. These kind of stats are what have made certain mediums like TV and radio to embrace the twitter craze. It is very rare to watch a program like The X Factor or The Voice these days without the show executives encouraging you to communicate and interact through twitter by using a certain hashtag while watching the show-again this is something I nearly always end up doing.

However like any addiction, there can be some bad cases and stories of people who have had their lives consumed by tweeting, take a read of this article from The Huffington Post or this addiction story. No doubt these kind of stories can make you reconsider your use of Twitter, or if you aren’t on it already make you not want to join. However for me, Twitter will still remain a big part of my social media life although I will always try and make sure it does not completely consume me, or I might end up like the guy in this video

Convinced? Are you too addicted to Twitter? Make sure to comment and tell me your stories……or follow me on twitter! @hdoylemarketing (professional) @HDSunrise (personal)

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Is Facebook taking over our lives?

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Before I begin with this blog I want you all to take a look at this video.

Weird? Freaky? If this happened to you tomorrow what would you do? You would probably call the guards and report the person for harassment, graffiti, and borderline stalking. Yet take this to the world wide web and this is not only normal, its encouraged! I am of course talking about Facebook. Facebook was set up in 2004 and was initially meant to be for the use of college students, however 9 years later and it is safe to say that this is definitely not the case. Facebook is now the worlds largest and most popular social networking site with over 500 million users worldwide. In Ireland alone over half of our population are users of Facebook as these statistics show.

This brings me to the topic at hand. Is Facebook taking over our lives? This is a hard question to answer but I know that for me at least I can admit that Facebook is a big part of my daily life. I can’t remember the last time I went through a day and have not scrolled through my Facebook timeline at least 4 times on my phone and have accessed it through my laptop. Even now as I am writing this blog I am resisting the urge to open up another window and take a “quick” look through Facebook. I have sometimes even gone as far as logging off on my laptop and logging on on my phone a few minutes later. I think that the idea of knowing what everyone you know is up to at any given time and essentially being let in on their plans is part of this appeal of Facebook. However from my own experiences I believe that a lot of my scrolling is purely down to boredom, be it while I’m waiting on a bus or train, waiting on a Tv show, or even in a boring college lecture. However by saying this I am not saying that I am one of those people that is always constantly bombarding your newsfeed with boring non-interesting statuses like “So bored” or “Having dinner now, its lovely”. Quite frankly I hate those kind of people (thats what Twitter is for!) and am always tempted to click “hide from newsfeed” or even “unfriend”. I can usually go for days, even weeks without posting a status on Facebook, nonetheless I am still nearly constantly snooping.

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But does this make me a Facebook addict? Are you a Facebook addict? You should take a look at this interesting article
This article contains 10 key symptoms of Facebook addiction, how many of them can you say you suffer from? I myself can identify at least 5 that I can relate to so I would consider this as an “enthusiast” more than an addict. Nonetheless its still pretty evident that Facebook is becoming more and more a part of our lives. How many times have you heard a sentence end with ” Yeah I know I saw it on Facebook”?. This is something I hear numerous times, and I doubt I’m the only one! And with so many businesses beginning to interact with their customers primarily through Facebook as opposed to the traditional customer complaint landline it won’t be long until Facebook becomes our primary form of communication. That thought in itself is frankly terrifying. Thank you Mark Zuckerberg!!

Now if you excuse me I’m off to check my Facebook…