Are You A Victim of Social Network Overload?

Social Network Overload?

social media overloadI’ve seen social network overload before. I’ve been the victim of it. It’s not a pretty sight…I’m sure you’ve seen the signs of social network overload too.

People glued to their cell phone while driving (have you seen these people?), making their bedroom a Foursquare check-in. Remember the lady falling into the fountain while texting?

Or maybe YOU are the person who must, MUST, MUST check your Facebook and Twitter before you get out of bed on your phone? Hmmm? Any chance you may be suffering from a social media addiction?

It’s hard to not laugh at people like the lady falling into the fountain while texting on her phone, but seriously, there is an element of social addiction that is creeping into the lives of people who love their smart phones and social media.

But where is the line drawn between loving social networks like Pinterest and Twitter to over-the-edge “can’t live without” being on social networking sites every moment of the day?

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I remember those days while managing a half dozen clients’ social media profiles, from writing their blog content, managing their Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook page accounts…it felt overwhelming. But I wouldn’t give up social networking. I truly love connecting with people online and building relationships.

Apparently I’m not alone when it comes to not wanting to give up my social networking profiles. It’s interesting that nearly 40% of people surveyed by would rather do any of the following over giving up their social network profiles:

  • Wait in line at the DMV
  • Clean the shower drains at the local gym
  • Run a marathon
  • Get a root canal
  • Give up an hour of sleep each night for a year
  • Read “War and Peace”
  • Sit in traffic for 4 hours while listening to polka music

Social Network Overload

Social Networking Overload (Source:

Honestly, social networks are not going to disappear anytime soon. Social network usage continues to grow year after year. It was even reported by Nielsen’s “State of the Media: Social Media Report” that mobile social media is invading the bathroom. A third of Americans between 18 and 24 are using social networks in the bathroom. You can check out the full report here.

Do you ever wonder where this trend is leading us? Will social network overload get worse? Will more people show signs of being addicted to social media? Will people be able to ever give up social networking? Would you be able to quit your favorite social network?

What would you rather do than give up your social network profile? Anything?

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