What did we do before social media and emails. We actually had a life, got some excercise. No wonder kids spend hours on the computer, and now the phone is glued to them as if it is part of their body. Some adults are like that, we act as if the phone is part of our body.

It is funny how we obsess with email, be it our bffs, or loves, or an important job we are waiting on. We joke about it with sarcasm, funny pics. Truth is why do we get so emotionally racked by email?

You say, but you do not understand it is important, vital. Will it come faster by you banging your head, or starring hours at the screen refreshing, joing a facebook support group for whatever and your all watching your email insanely, lol? It is funny. It is also causes me to sit back think, truly have I become nuts????

I do not believe any Company would want you overly obesessed, although I am sure by nature of some they expect it to a degree, and am sure they smile. A boyfriend, lover, or BFF, may get a kick out of it, but if they encourage this, maybe one should ask is there something wrong with them as well.

I wrote something in a specific candidate group yes FB, no name though- to promote laughs as we each working on being very patient LOL

L _ _ Syndrome: Brought on by an overzealous and obsessive need to get hired by ( Company). Symptoms include: A need to check your email constantly (hundreds of times a day), the need to be part of a support group such as ours for those just as obsessed as you are. You may also be unable to stop thinking about ( Company). It got a good laugh after all we know we must have a sense of humor as we persist in seeking our dreams, which for some of us is taking longer to reach, It is all good though.

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A article I found interesting, and a good question to ask…….

.Are You Passionate About Social Media, Or Obsessed? by Margie Clayman

Passion or Obsession?

No, I’m not talking Calvin Klein scents. Actually, I’m putting forth a question to you.

Are you passionate about social media or are you obsessed with social media?

“Passion” has become one of those buzzwords in the online world. Your blog must wring the passion out of your heart and then out of the hearts of your readers. Your tweets must be borne out of passion. Your Facebook status updates…well, you get the idea. In the process of offering all of this advice, I fear we have lost, or at least forgotten, what passion really means. We have sacrificed Shakespeare for Twilight.

Wherein lies the confusion?

For many people, obsession and passion seem like the same thing, just like many confuse infatuation with true love. If you are obsessed with social media, you never want to stop tweeting or blogging. You can’t put your smart phone down. You can’t stop checking your website traffic and Klout score. It is all you think about. Passion can look, on the surface, very similar. There is an ongoing drive. There is little chance of the fire of interest burning out.

You can most certainly be obsessed with social media as a tool or as an occupying of your time. But you can’t be passionate about social media. You can be passionate about what social media can help you accomplish. You can be passionate about where social media can take you. But can a person be passionate about social media in and of itself? No. The endless drive to achieve some sort of online celebrity or success falls squarely into the category of obsession.

It comes down to motives

Just like in any court case, perhaps the most significant factor to consider here is motives. Passion isn’t self-aggrandizing. When pursuing a passion, you’re not thinking “what’s in it for me?” You’re doing it because you HAVE to. Because it’s in your blood and your bones and your soul. And usually, the objectives of your passion are bigger than yourself.

The person obsessed with social media often has motives squarely in the area of accomplishing goals of the self. She tweets to get followers or increase her Klout score. She blogs to get subscribers or visitors. This is social media rooted in constant activity and staying always in motion, like a shark swimming to stay alive. The path consists of one rung after another, and all of these steps lead to some level of presumed accomplishment.

Are you passionate or obsessed?

Are you bleeding your heart out on your blog because you really feel it’s necessary to share these things or are you after that one big blog post that will have your friends telling you what a great post it was? What is the point of spending one single minute at this? Do you want it? Or do you need it?

Are you using social media as a means to an end, or is social media the end and the means?

Many who claim passion for social are masking what really is obsession with self-worth, self-accomplishment, and self-discovery.

And I believe that passionately.

Do you?

Also Addicted to the smart phone????

Turn off cyberspace. There’s no greater blow to productivity than breaking your concentration to reply to an email or text as soon as it hits your smartphone. Remember, no award will be handed out at the end of the day for the person who responded the fastest. If you’re doing nothing but responding to emails and texts, you’re bouncing around like a pinball. It’s also important to keep in mind that the purpose of email and texts is not to generate more email and texts. Unless a response is necessary in order for the sender to move ahead on a task or project, it’s okay to let them have the last word. The more you’re connected to your smartphone the less you’re connected to yourself and the important task at hand.

Tame the social media beast. Smartphone apps make it fun and easier than ever to read our friends’ status updates and to see the photos they’ve posted on Facebook. It makes us feel good when they “like” something we’ve posted or when we’re tagged in one of their photos. That’s one reason social media is so addicting – it’s like experiencing human hugs all day long. Now that you understand why you like it, it’s time to tame the beast and take back your time.

Likewise, Twitter can quickly move from a social communication to an obsessive compulsive disorder. You can get caught up following every trending hashtag, but do you really need to know, or care about, most of the things you read on Twitter? Yes, there is some social utility to it but like we saw during the Boston Marathon Bomber Manhunt it quickly turns into a lot of people feeling involved when they’re really contributing more noise than signal. Facebook and Twitter won’t be evaluating your performance at year’s end and probably can’t qualify you for a pay raise either.

Turn off the lights and your phone. More and more of us are using our smartphones as watches and alarm clocks, keeping it plugged in to recharge on the bedside overnight. So long as your phone is plugged in, so are you. Take a break from your phone. If it’s by the bed you’ll get those late night calls, tweets and texts that interfere with precious sleep.

Plus, the easier you can reach your phone the more likely it becomes that you’ll check email in the middle of the night and find something that will really disturb your sleep. Can you really get the REM cycles your body requires if you’re still connected? Unless there’s a likelihood of an emergency, we have three rules in our house that we absolutely follow – the first is no smartphones in the bedroom. If someone dies overnight they’ll be just as dead in the morning and we’ll be rested and ready to deal with it.

Related: Control Smart Phone Use to Increase Productivity

Crunch kale instead of candy. Games are fun but they have their place and that’s not at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table. Words with Friends can wait until you’ve had words and meals with family. Our second rule bans smartphones from the table whether we’re at home or in a restaurant with friends.

Checking your texts and email during a meal is the social equivalent of picking your nose in public or saying to your BFF “this conversation is really interesting but excuse me while I score three more points…” Crunch all the candy you want, but let’s face it, clicking your mouse to get points to build a hen house for your farm or sending someone virtual hugs, flowers, or groceries seems like a crazy waste of time.

There’s no room in the restroom for a phone call. We all know that smartphones carry more germs than a toilet seat – so why contaminate your bathroom with your phone? As a nurse, I can confidently tell you that the last place you want to be sitting and using your smartphone is a toilet seat and I don’t care how many paper liners you’ve stacked up on that seat. Not to mention – you’re sharing your business with total strangers.

Though it may seem painful at first, making these changes to your smartphone habits won’t kill you. In fact, I think you’ll find that when you use your smartphone just a little bit less, you’ll get way more out of it. It can actually become the productivity tool you want it to be instead of a drain on your time and social skills.

Inc. Top 10 Entrepreneur Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD is the author of The New York Times Bestseller Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman. In 1982 Vickie pioneered the field of legal nurse consulting for registered nurses.

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