Twitter can be addicting. For people who naturally love to meet new people and receive the most up-to-the minute information, reading and sending Tweets is like a drug feeding an intense craving to connect.
Not that connecting is bad. It’s a good thing for those who enjoy it. But like all good things, moderation and control are necessary. If you’ve been feeling like your having trouble logging off of Tweetdeck or putting down Twirl, here’s a list of signs that might indicate that your on your way to becoming a Twitter addict:
- You make it a point to Tweet “good morning tweeple” upon getting out of bed
- You’ve tweeted something to the extent of OMG! I was just almost in a traffic accident!” less than 1 minute after you’ve actually almost been involved a traffic accident
- You’re signing your @name after your signature on checks
- You have @reply conversations with your followers about the 10tv Bot
- You’ve suddenly started having trouble speaking in sentences that contain more 140 characters
- You proudly wear a t-shirt that displays the words “follow me” and has your @name
- You’re eliminating vowels and reducing spacing when you write handwritten notes to people
- Yesterday, you walked into a door because were too busy sending your latest a twitpic
- Your spouse has threatened divorce if you send one more tweet from the dinner table
- You’ve recently traded DM’s with @mchammer, @barakobama and other celebrities
If you or a loved one are experiencing any these symptoms, please disconnect your internet connection immediately, walk away from your laptop or phone and legit seek face-to-face interaction as soon as possible. Maintain direct human contact until the cravings subside and then return to Tweeting only a few short scheduled intervals per day.
Remember, Twitter addiction is serious condition and can have side effects including blurred vision, loss of verbal communications skills, and in extreme cases result in the onset of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
The first step to recovery is always admitting that you may have a problem…