Confessions of a Socialholic

Meredith Darling | @merdar & Elisa Pequini | @lipequini

To all the socialholics out there (you know who you are), the first step is admitting you have a problem. A problem? No, that's not the right word. Addiction? Habit? Fixation? Whatever you call it, if you're reading this, you're probably a socialholic.

It's convenient for us that we work in an industry that embraces social media addiction. We've called each other out on some the following habits and phrases many times. Here's our Socialholic checklist:

Habits:

  • Checking Twitter as soon as you wake up to make sure the world hasn't ended. Then check Facebook. Then email, if there's time.
  • You pay for WiFi on planes.
  • Taking a picture of everything you see and posting it on Instagram as a way to suggest you lead an interesting life. ExamplesΒ include happy hour drinks, roadway signs, skylines, your outfit that day.
  • You've used the word "hashtag" in an out-loud sentence. Ex "hashtag, awesome!"
  • Woke up in the middle of the night- check Twitter.
  • You often interrupt dinner: "Wait I have to post/tweet this" and then miss half of dinner checking the comments, likes, replies. Only participating by saying: "haaa, Matt just liked my picture!" and other types of exclamations around those lines.
  • You start most sentences with "I saw this thing on Pinterest..."
  • You have been called out for saying "Tweet that so I can RT it!" orΒ "Can I tweet that?! That's too funny!"
  • A video went viral, you saw it months ago.
  • Posting status updates during dates. (not advised)
  • Your phone never leaves your side.

What we say vs. what we really mean:

Did you see my Facebook post?

I noticed you haven't liked my Facebook post...

I haven't checked his Facebook in months.

I check it every day but there's no way I'm telling you that.

Let me check my email really quick.

I'm checking in on FourSquare.

Oh yeah, I saw that story on the news.

I read a few tweets about it.

Gifts for socialholics: