Social Media Addiction or Something Else

I went to the Rocky Mountain Showdown yesterday.  It is the first football game of the season for my alma-matter, University of Colorado, Buffaloes. We play our cross state rivalry, Colorado State, Rams.   It’s a big game and lots of fun.

The only down side to the game was I couldn’t access ATT’s data network.  That meant no Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook or email.  At first I didn’t think anything about it, but as time went on, I continued to find myself pulling out my phone to share something.

It felt awkward at first.  It felt like an addiction as I was constantly looking at my phone like some deprived crack addict. But, as the day progressed I started to realize it wasn’t.   I wasn’t addicted but the way I experience events had changed.  My mind now views events and experiences in terms of what is going on that others would find interesting.  I view events and experiences in terms of sharing.

This is different.  I know.  It’s not how everyone looks at things.  But, for me its fun.  It keeps me thinking about others besides myself.  It broadens my view.  It even creates more context to my experiences.

I like sharing.  Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc. all help me do that.  When ATT’s network went down, it felt like someone took my addiction away, but what really happened was they took my voice away.

I don’t think I’m the only one who looks at things this way and I’m comfortable I’m not going to be the last.  For the next generation always on event sharing will be the norm and for them losing connection will feel worse than addiction, they’ll feel voiceless.


OH, yea!  The Buffaloes won, 24-3 and it killed me I couldn’t post that live.  GO BUFFALOES!

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