Social media use is now mainstream
When you wait in line at the store, what do you do? You whip out your phone to busy yourself. You’re on hold with your cable provider, what do you do? Whip out your phone to busy yourself. You’re riding the train to work in the morning, what do you do? You whip out your phone to busy yourself.
Our world has become highly connected, and while this is an amazing benefit to expanding our culture, knowledge, business, and so forth, it is also an addiction for many.
Are you addicted? How long could you go without your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and computer? How long could you go without internet before itching to see what is going on in your email, on your Facebook, with your marketing stats, your Twitter, or your feed reader?
Not long, we bet. You’re not alone. It is said that workers are interrupted by technology every three minutes, and while we are all better connected, we are also highly distracted.
A two minute film
The following short film follows a South Korean man as he goes about his day, imagining our natural landscape is digitized and covered with social media updates, and while this film primarily looks at the addiction to Facebook, it makes a broader statement about the world’s social media addiction, highlighting some fun positives while showcasing the negative:
The Millennial generation’s addictions
Some would say that Millennials, having grown up with this technology, are the most tapped in, the ones who can’t separate from their devices, and while other generations are becoming equally addicted, this youngest generation is commonly known as addicted. Some say this is bad, others good.
On Pivot.tv recently, on the Raising McCain show, host Meghan McCain dives into the Millennials’ binge culture, focused not only on addiction to technology, but substances, and more. Here’s a preview, and for a deeper look, check out the full episode which will rerun on Pivot (listings here):