Losing Signal In All The Noise

Social media, like kudzu, is an invasive species.

Daniel Newman is the CEO of United Visual Inc., writing on Ragan’s PR Daily, has conveniently listed “12 obvious signs you’re addicted to social media.” He says the signs are “farcical,” but I beg to differ.

6. You update your status while out with “real people.”

Are you updating your status while on a dinner date with your spouse or significant other? You’re obsessed. Do you tweet or post on Facebook #justmet or other @hashable content before you finish the meeting? One word: nutso.

Did I mention that I deleted Gowalla from my phone? Yep. And that I recoil when I see FourSquare check-ins in my Twitter feed? Yep.

Newman also addresses over-sharing. “If you feel the need to share your every thought and wish, and lose all inhibition on your Facebook page, please stop. You, singlehandedly, are the reason for my disdain of the platform.”



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.