Connectivity can be a healthy conduit to personal, social and professional growth, but it can also (at times dangerously) redefine our lives. Just as with any addiction, connectivity addiction starts out slowly, but ultimatelybecomes a deep rooted dependence. Before we begin to discuss how to cope with or "cure" this addiction, it is imperative that we properly diagnose this condition.
10 Signs of Connectivity Addiction
- You are on Twitter/Plurk/Facebook while your family/personal life goes on around you.
- When your cellphone or blackberry vibrates, your first instinct is to check it.
- You feel disoriented when your cellphone or blackberry kicks the bucket.
- You think the new Dash GPS product with Twitter is brilliant.
- You find yourself Twittering about having lunch meeting with someone while you are in the lunch meeting. The same can be said for major sporting events, concerts, conferences and meet-ups.
- When that new app comes out (Plurk, FriendFeed, Britekite) that everyone is talking about, you find yourself with a need to be there.
- Having an out of control feed reader is more daunting than that pile of unopened snail-mail.
- You refer to your coffee, family and/or sports teams in 2.0 jargon.
- You do not draw the line between Social Media and Digital Social Media.
- You find yourself writing this post at 5 in the morning "because you are up"
But these are just my thoughts.
What about you? What are your signs of Connectivity Addiction?
Up Next: 10 Steps to Connectivity Addiction Recovery
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