To say that Twitter’s popularity has taken an all-new dimension with people spending their whole day over tweeting won’t be an exaggeration. But what if online social-networking starts taking a toll on your actual social life?
Filmmaker Karan Johar admits, “I am obsessed with Twitter. Twitter has become my spouse as I can share every emotion that I want to with the people on it. And going by my fixation, I can say that I might need help to overcome it in future.” Singer Lily Allen has branded the site as “very addictive and dangerous”.
“Anything which is done in extreme can be addictive. There has been an increase in complaints by parents about childs’ obsession with social networking especially on Twitter. One of the parents came during their daughter’s board exams saying that she wasted an hour every day Twitter and Facebook,” says Dr Aarti Anand, consulting clinical psychologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
“The need for people to be connected with others and the high that one gets with knowing that so many people are reading what I tweet has people hooked on to Twitter. The celebrity presence adds to the damage. And the easy access through mobiles and through applications (like tweetdeck) on the iPhone and Blackberry makes matters worse,” says Dr Amitabha Saha, senior consultant, psychiatry, Brainex.
Check for addiction
Constantly feels the need to check Twitter and it hampers your day-to-day activities and productivity.
Keep refreshing the twitter page or checking your cell phone every now and then for new tweets.
Have more Twitter followers than friends in real life.
Make some real friends.
Schedule a specific time to ‘be active’ on Twitter.
Don’t install the software or tool on your cell phone.