Facebook claims over 500 million users. Twitter has reached nearly 200 million users registered accounts who post 110 million tweets per day as of January 1, 2011. (Now I don’t necessarily think that the number of accounts is equal to the number of human users, but that’s a quibble for another day.)
Lately I’ve been noticing the ways social media hook my Inner Child. I feel “You’ve got to keep going with the social media, you’re on a roll, have to get more followers on Twitter, get more friends on Facebook, got to keep in touch with Linked In-- hurry, hurry, reply.” Sometimes it’s my childish fears (You don’t have enough friends. You’re not doing enough. Look, Suzy Q has 3000 followers and you have only 200). Sometimes it’s positive reinforcements (Oh, two more followers, let me look for more, my score is rising. Keep going now, I’m on a roll).
The social media are useful, no doubt. But they are also addictive through their push-pull of enticement and fear. Just now I set the kitchen timer for 30 minutes to make sure I have to get up and breathe, look into my back yard, remember my body is here, rather than just keep plugging in electronically.
But anyway, we can play out in that great Web. See you in cyberspace!
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