When the topic ‘Addicted to Twitter’ fell, that first made me smile and I thought to myself that it would be rather a subject to take in more fun. But after some research on the net, I realized that twitter addiction really exists and that we talk about even in psychology magazines! So is it true? There are actually people so addicted to Twitter that psychologists should focus on?
I stumbled across an article from psychcentral.com described by the New York Times like the “best online mental health resources”, that speaks of addiction to Twitter in the same way that the addiction to alcohol, drugs etc. while I stayed in amazed!
With the arrival of smartphones and improvements in telecommunications networks, it is true that now we can take our social internet world everywhere: Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest etc. And it is true that sometimes there are what get addicted!
Personally I do not consider being addicted to social networks and especially not to Twitter which is for me more a practical tool to know the news in real time, as a communication tool with my friends. However I am myself often surprised to have the reflex when I’m bored, constantly watch the Facebook newsfeed and be disappointed when I see no new news! But this is comportement is only casual when I have really nothing to do!
But then what happens to people who are really twitter addict and who are they?
Have you ever sneakily checked your Twitter feed while having a conversation with someone or felt compelled to check it, bleary eyed in the middle of the night? Have you ever lied about the amount of time you spend on Twitter or checked your feed for mentions while sitting on the toilet? So you probably are twitter addict !
According to an American study published in the journal “Psychological science” and backed by “The Guardian” , tweeting or checking emails may be harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol, according to researchers who tried to measure how well people could resist their desires.
So if you also have fear of being Twitter addict, go take the test here and if it’s positive start weaning now!
And for those who would be YouTube addict, here is a short video with a humorous tone which enables to understand the concept of #Addicted #To #Twitter:
According to Wikipedia a filter bubble is a result state in which a website algorithm selectively guesses what information a user would like to see based on information about the user (such as location, past click behaviour and search history) and, as a result, users become separated from information that disagrees with their viewpoints, effectively isolating them in their own cultural or ideological bubbles.
In other words, it’s like a mini spy followed you everywhere when you surf on the net and selects what seem to match to you, your personality, your interests, your opinions etc… to suggest them.
Yes if we told it can make us save time and optimize our research. But stay in a bubble which proposed us just things that we ‘love’, would it not a bit too much?
In a article from The New York Times, Eli Pariser, the author of the book « The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think » say:“Personalization filters serve up a kind of invisible autopropaganda, indoctrinating us with our own ideas, amplifying our desire for things that are familiar and leaving us oblivious to the dangers lurking in the dark territory of the unknown.”
The social network Facebook has surpassed the 1 billion active users, announced Thursday, October 4, 2012 its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “This morning, there are more than a billion people using Facebook actively each month”, he said in a statement. If the bar of the billion users is symbolic, the social network, which made its debut in 2004, expanded irresistible. In August 2008, Facebook had 100 million users.
Facebook, took so much importance in the lives of its users that Facebook is quoted in 1 of 5 divorce, newborns have no longer the right of the traditional card of birth but a photo on Facebook, announced his marriage by Facebook is essentiel and even its separation! And yet this is only the beginning.
Here are a few key figures (from Mediaventilo.com a social media agency) to better understand the extent of Facebook in the daily life of human beings humans:
-Facebook has daily 16.5 million users who share 2.45 billion different content
-210 000 years of music were played on Facebook
-On Facebook, a user has on average 130 friends
-In 2012, 1 million businesses have incorporated Facebook to their website
-80% of Internet users prefer to connect with a brand via Facebook
-77% of the B to C companies have acquired customers via Facebook
-1.1 billion photos have been uploaded on the evening of the new year!
You can watch this amazing video about social media and Facebook to learn more!
Knowing all this, we realize a little better the place of Facebook in the daily. Individuals as well as firms become addicted! Photos, articles, videos, links etc… absolutely all our lesser facts and gestures can be brought online on Facebook! You can even track a person through the new location of Facebook tools. More and more importance is given to Facebook, employers are even researching on the candidates until they incorporate the company! Attention to photos compromising and other shames!
Facebook reveals the personality of the people and their lives! Who has never lost himself in the mazes of Facebook and was looking at the profile of a person that he doesn’t know?
The virtual life of Facebook just take precedence over real life! How many Facebook friends have us whereby barely say a “Hello” on the street, while behind our screens looking at photos of his recent vacation to Hawaii or his last drunken evening? Unrealistic all this!
Yes Facebook is taking over our lives, but I think that basically we prefer not to say too much.
On this, I leave you, a night’s sleep awaits me, but before I’ll check my Facebook news if ever I missed a scoop! 😉
PS: If you want to watch an informative and entertaining conversation about “How social media is being used in both our personal and professional lives”.
Websites specially designed for use on mobile phone become more and more widespread. Yet apps were very well engaged to meet the demand of the customers. Then why more and more companies move toward websites for mobile?
A new report from Compuware suggests that consumer preference is strongly in favour of apps (85%) ahead of mobile sites. The most common reason for this is that apps are seen to be more convenient (55%), faster (48%) and easier to browse (40%).
The data in Compuware’s report comes from a survey of 3,534 smartphone users across the UK, US, France, Germany, India and Japan.
From my own experience I prefer apps but sometimes the mobile website are useful to me. For example in my Twitter app (to join my account Twitter click here) often newspapers that I follow, give links to view a whole article, you can choose to download the app or to be redirected to the mobile website. If it is a newspaper that I often consult so I prefer to download the app, more simple and more convenient for me, but if it is a newspaper that I not consult often then the website mobile is useful for not cluttering up my smartphone!
Blogging? What really represents the concept of “blogging”?
I would say that blogging is to primarily share. Share ideas, concepts, good plans, thoughts… We can blogging on topics and especially to communicate its own opinions and passions! Therefore each blog correspond to the person who write it!
Me, I’ll try to shape this blog to my image, and add my own personal touch to really make it unique!
Montesquieu said: “Do not put vinegar in your writings, it is necessary to put salt.”
Shakespeare said: “It is not enough to talk, you need to talk true.”
So the history of my blog began a Thursday afternoon, around 3 p.m., only in my bubble behind my computer. No one know where this story is going to lead us, but I challenge!
READY! FIRE! GO!
This is a short video about what is blogging and how amazing is the blog concept: