Shane Goth’s blog this week about narcissism got me thinking about the other effects of self-obsession.
I have seen people who take their interest in social media to such an extreme that it gets in the way of their family and work lives.
They interrupt family time to send a Twitpic. They tweet when they’re making out with their partner!
Reminds me of the people who become addicted to tattoos or plastic surgery. It sucks them in.
Seriously, if you are an addictive personality, these are not pastimes you can find your way back from.
Their effects are rather long-lasting. And these are not cheap obsessions.
Now it isn’t simply enough to constantly tell others what you are doing, but where you are when you’re doing it.
My wife can already track me using the GPS in my blackberry. That’s frightening enough.
I know many admirable proponents of Social Media who are using these spaces to drive their businesses and personal interests.
But I also see others sliding into obsessive/compulsive use.
What vacuum does Social Media fill in the lives of people who use it constantly? Is it about connecting and sharing?
Or it is perhaps just another way to see yourself centre stage in life’s rich pageant?
PS. Each paragraph is 140 characters or less. How 2010 is that.