10 signs you’re a social media addict

If you are a mayor on Foursquare or say things like ‘I have to Instagram that,’ put down the smartphone and read this. It’s time to unplug.

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But how much is too much? How do we know if we’re taking our enthusiasm for social media too far?

Here’s my slightly exaggerated—but mostly true—list of 10 signs you might have an unhealthy relationship with social media:

1. You receive an audible alert on your phone when anything happens online. When your mobile device chimes, beeps or chirps anytime someone follows, retweets, shares or comments on something, you actively sabotage your ability to concentrate on anything.

2. Your business card says “guru” and you’re not speaking about spirituality in India. I know what you’re thinking, but I didn’t write this one because I’m Indian.

3. You use social media terms as verbs. If you’ve ever said “I need to Instagram that” out loud, I’m talking to you. The moment you use social media terms to replace verbs, it’s the beginning of the end.

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