Social media has done a stellar job of connecting the world. But, it can be argued that it has caused a multitude of horrendous sicknesses that can be seen on a global scale. We have succumbed to an aching necessity to check our phones every two minutes to see how many likes our Instagram photos have, how many retweets our Twitter account got, and who commented on our Facebook post. With every different type of social network you get a different sickness, and some people fit into carved out niches of certain diseases — and these sicknesses are only going to spread.
Have you gone out to dinner recently with friends and looked over to realize that every single person is mesmerized by what’s going on in their phones, and not what’s going on at the table? You have a friend who loves alerts, and every time their smartphone buzzes or beeps when someone retweets, shares, or comments on something they immediately check out of the conversation at hand and sabotage their ability to focus.
You’ve got another friend who continually checks their level of “influence” on every social-scoring site available. This self-proclaimed influencer is always trying to make sure that you know they’re in the mix, and what they say on ten different social media sites matters, even if you could care less about nine of them. They just don’t seem to understand that true influencers are more concerned about providing useful content than worrying about their Klout score.
Check out the infographic below to see a slew of other social media sicknesses, and the personalities of their victims.