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Addicted to twitter

Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
July 9, 2010

A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.


Twitter as we all know is a sensation these days; many have started using it in some way or the other. It might not be wrong to state that twitter’s fame has surmounted so high that people can almost spend hours working on it. The attraction is so high that it has added a new chapter to the psychology texts by the name of twitter addiction, an extended variety of social networking. Social networks such as orkut, face book have another sister concern facilitating the users to mini blog now and then. Twittering is useful to inform friends of the latest but it has actually pushed back the real world leaving one with no time to actually interact or meet.

The system has bonded people all over the world who hardly know each other and have nothing to give but waste time that could have been well utilised for studies, physical activity, any household work or else spending time with the family. Experts in synch to the increasing sphere of the addiction report many cases where parents come complaining of their kids ignoring their studies over the web social groups. The networking thing is working hazardous which later may shape up fierce in form of many ailments like obesity, phobia, broken relationships etc.

Young minds moving unguided fail to appreciate the real and easily fall prey to the temptation. Further with celebrities over their accounts they now and then feel to keep an update on them. The glam world has been an attraction always and with more means to keep eyes on them has made things worse. Also manufacturers have tactfully used this advantage to advertise their gadgets and make them more addicted towards the above. Bazaars are flooded with phone, software’s and applications which allow an easy peep from anywhere in the world. Their tag lines work like “keeping your world close” or “I am there, are you?” etc deeply enacting on the people’s mindset.

The psychology that goes with the system is a vicious cycle where one gives updates and then starts waiting for the reactions / tweets. The feeling comes of being highly popular and social but actually it is anti social in turn where the person is updating from the comfort of his / her home with no real interaction and just casual public comments.  

Look for signs

The following are a few indications that suggest twitter bondage:-

  • There is a constant feeling to check on the twitter account for latest mini blogs, the urge is so high that one may ignore routine to just peep in.
  • Those using it from phone keep looking into their gadgets now and then; also remain busy with them even in gatherings.
  • Count on the real and virtual friends one have if the virtual supersedes the real then it is a thing to worry.

How to remain distant?

  • Scheduling is the key, have time for everything. Keep your internet time fixed and never lengthen it to curtail odds.
  • Involve in some physical activities or sessions where you can make real friends and you get to know them better personally.
  • Never make your excess to the system that easy like installing on phones etc. Here the havoc becomes difficult to sideline.

Apart from the above twitter can be useful too if applied in moderation to just drain benefits and no harms.    

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