Social Networking or Addictive Behavior?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty- North Shore

I am all for the advancement of communication and fully understand the benefits that sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn offer. I just see some people taking it to a level that borders addiction. While most of my Friends, contacts and followers seem to use the systems as needed, there are others that must be on the computer all day long sending 5-6 posts an hour. I also don't think that most people understand how easy it is to access your profiles and probably don't want EVERYONE to view some of the things that they post on their pages. It is a fact that Company Owners and Human Resource personnel are scanning these sites to gain information on current and potential employees. I have friends on facebook that I know have jobs and must just keep facebook open all day while they"work". Is it really that important that we all need to know that you are going to lunch again today at @12:15? I usually check everything out first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon. If I have something important to say or want to announce an event I will post to all. Mostly I hit people individually or comment on things they have posted. I don't get involved with any of the games, surveys, or "Answer these questions to find out what make and model car you would be". How often do check your favorite social network site and how addicting do you find it to be?


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Merlin Barrientos


I like your post, I find my self for hours, reading all this network sites.

I think is totally addicted......

How far is Beverly , Mass from Springfield? I have family there.

I am also a Realtor from Keller Williams Realty , in CA.

Perhaps we can do do business in the future!

Best wishes for the new year.

Merlin Barrientos

Realtor Associate

Keller Williams Realty VIP


Dec 24, 2009 06:54 AM #1
Anthony Moretz
Moretz Realty Partners - Hickory, NC


Hello Mike, Thanks for your sharing. Some find themselves working for the social network instead of it working for them. Hope we eventually learn enough to get a return.


Dec 27, 2009 10:36 PM #2
John L. Wood
Multimedia by John L. Wood - Carmichael, CA
Blog & Website Tuning For Real Estate Pros

There are plenty of real signs that many are addicted to participating in certain aspects of the social networking phenomenon. I have no issue with keeping Facebook open on one of my tabs at work, but I seldom find myself even checking it unless it is during a break or I get a professionally relevant email notification which rarely happens.

On the other hand, to generate page views and increase Facebooks value for advertisers, the powers that be spawn a new game every few months that must be like crack cocaine to some. I can imagine many thousands of hours of productivity are wasted by those seeking to build a farm, take over a virtual mafia empire or spam thier friends with various time-wasting apps. Shame on any employer who don't limit or monitor the on-line behavior of employees during working hours.

Worse yet, even a few hours a week is too many to take from your family.

Dec 31, 2009 12:50 AM #3
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