Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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You Are Powerless Over Your Twitter Addiction


"Tweeting or checking emails may be harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol, according to researchers who tried to measure how well people could resist their desires. They even claim that while sleep and sex may be stronger urges, people are more likely to give in to longings or cravings to use social and other media."

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mjfrombuffalo (#2,561)

Well duh. It's a little hard to have sex during a boring meeting.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@mjfrombuffalo It can be done (hint: work from home).

SeanP (#4,058)

@dntsqzthchrmn be sure you put the phone on mute during that conference call, though

jolie (#16)

Sooooo… I sort of missed out on the whole "dan abrams" thing. Can someone explain the joke/what happened to me? This is so embarrassing, but hopefully one of you will take pity on poor, ignorant Jolie.

@jolie He tweeted his own name accidentally last spring and the pile-on ensued. (I thought it was funny too. He was probably searching on his own name!) Now whenever a high-profile type does a similar misstep a member of the peanut gallery will, inevitably, quote the tweet and say "dan abrams" alongside it.

jfruh (#713)

@Maura Johnston MATT DAMON

jolie (#16)

@Maura Johnston Ahhhh got it. And giggling.

Matt (#26)

This was mentioned in chapter 12 of Cole's 15th book #LOL: How Twitter Took Over Twitter on Twitter.

@Maura Johnston : This is why I never started Twitter. Not the potential for addiction, but the fear of being oblivious to my own public humiliation.

alternate take — as above, but replace "Twitter" with "heroin".

Granger Danger (#2,831)

@jfruh Steve Holt!

hockeymom (#143)

Here's a weird Twitter thing (which I was checking while at a stoplight, so yes, addicted).
One of my kid's teachers was tweeting pics of various computer projects during class. Didn't ID any students, but based on his shirt, I knew exactly what my son was working on at 9:10am this morning.
It was weird, but kind of cool at the same time.
Also, Big Brotherish?

Matt (#26)

Just figured out that because of the mechanics of Twitter the hashtag #SPIDER-MAN doesn't work. So any hashtags involving Spider-Man are necessarily wrong. Fuck Twitter.

Yeah, I have a feeling that booze is gonna be a little too strong for people who can't handle "Twitter".

deepomega (#1,720)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the tweets I cannot change;
courage to tag the things I can;
and klout to know the difference.

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