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With the creation of Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, and the numerous other social media sites popping up daily, the issue of social media addiction has become a frequent topic of discussion. What is it about social media that causes us to devote so much of our time to trading personal information with friends, family and even businesses? And more importantly, how much of our personal time do we spend checking in and staying updated on our social media outlets?

The following statistics from Retrevo.com revealed surprising results when people under the age of 25 were polled about their social media usage:

On Twitter and Facebook:

– 48% Facebook and/or Twitter after they go to bed
– 18% can’t go more than a couple hours without checking in on FaceBook
– 61% have to check in on FaceBook at least once a day
– 11% can’t go more than a couple hours without checking in on FaceBook
– 55% have to check in on Twitter at least once a day
– 16% rely on Twitter and/or FaceBook for the morning “news”

iPhone Users:

– 28% check/update Twitter before they get out of bed
– 26% check/update Twitter before they turn on their TV
– 23% rely on Twitter for their morning news

Electronic Messages:

– 11% can be interrupted by an electronic message during sex.
– 24% can be interrupted by an electronic message while in the bathroom.
– 49% can be interrupted by an electronic message during a meal.
– 22% can be interrupted by an electronic message during a meeting.

It is clear that social media has not only captured our society’s attention, but has also developed into its own strain of personal addiction among many people, particularly those under the age of 25. As our society continues to evolve and technology increases, what can we predict will happen in the next five, ten, fifteen years?