We love the virtues of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—but they're sometimes too much of a good thing. And if you spend all your time off in a corner at industry mixers, tapping away at your smartphone, you likely have an unhealthy relationship with social media.
So how do you know when to expect an intervention from family and colleagues? Simply read Rohit Bhargava's amusing list of signs that you're a social media addict. Here are some of our favorites.
1. Your phone constantly buzzes, beeps, and chimes
When you sign up for alerts every time something happens at a social network—comments, follows, likes, retweets, etc.—you invite constant disruption into your life. How can you give anything your full attention when you're wondering what someone just did or said?
2. You use social media nouns as verbs
English is an evolving language... but it doesn't need to evolve in this direction. "If you have ever said out loud, 'I need to instagram that,' then this point is about you," says Bhargava.
3. You're the 'mayor' of anything
If you have the discipline to check in everywhere you go, each time you go, for the dubious distinction of a social network mayoral status, it's worth examining your need for recognition.
4. You ask 'do you know who I am?'
Demanding an upgrade or discount because you're famous on Twitter or you have a Klout score of 75 is the classic sign of someone who has lost touch with reality. Online celebrity has its perks, certainly, but you're not entitled to special treatment wherever you go.
5. You freak out when Twitter goes down
Every so often, a Twitter outage will last for more than a few minutes. If you can't access the site, it usually means everyone's having trouble. But that doesn't stop some of us from anxiously hitting refresh in the certainty that we're missing something important.