Social media has become part of every day life for many of us. Even for me, who isn’t a keen social media person. I still log in dutifully every day on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and check my feeds.
It hit me yesterday just how ingrained social sites had become in my life when I wished my Mum happy anniversary on Facebook when she didn’t answer her landline or mobile phone in the morning. And, I couldn’t contact my daughter. She grew up online, and I originally joined sites like MySpace and later, Facebook to keep tabs on her.
You wouldn’t believe the heart lurching panic when I hadn’t seen her on Facebook for 2 whole days. She hadn’t responded to my chat message either and her phone was off. For someone who lives with a phone glued to her hand, beeping away on social sites like Facebook and Twitter – this was unheard of!
Anyway, I digress – Darling Daughter is fine, just unplugging and taking a break from all the beeping.
It would appear we all need to unplug for a while too.
Getting Our Social Media Fix
Browser Media recently conducted a study into how the social networks impact on our daily lives. The results are quite fascinating, not least because they are UK social media stats.
The average adult in the UK will spend 2 years and four months on social networking sites over their lifetime and will sacrifice basic needs to get their social media fix. The study participants admitted that social media replaced:
- Time for their children
- Time for their partner
I’ll admit to being an Internet Junkie. I do get the shakes when I can’t get online! It is one of the reasons why I don’t have a smart phone – I’d never switch off… I’d still prefer to speak to people – on the phone or face to face.
Not everyone is addicted to social media. 33% of the study participants said they spend no time at all on social networking sites. Perhaps the rest of us should take a leaf out of their book!
Without further ado – here’s the infographic
Social Media Sacrifices
Infographic credit Browser Media
Over to you…
Are you one of the 10% sacrificing sleep or 8% giving up sex to get your daily dose of social media? What do you think of the stats? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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