5 Signs of Obsessive Compulsive Social Media Disorder

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You will have to excuse this post as it all started with an idea and got twisted from there! :)

There is a new addiction that has spread amongst both webmasters and normal people and they are calling it “obsessive compulsive social media disorder”. Have you heard about it yet?

I was shocked when a friend, yes a real human, told me I was displaying symptoms of the addiction.

Most Obvious Symptoms

The symptoms go in stages from 1 to 5 and 5 being the most serious.

#1.  Asking strangers to like you

This is just crazy. Would you walk down the street and ask a complete stranger to like you. What a desperado you would be! Well people are doing this loud and clear..By the way do you like me? Sorry I might still have a problem!

Anyway this is where it all starts.

Collecting friends and followers by asking people to like you is stage one of the Obsessive compulsive social media disorder.

It is especially bad for people that do not have friends in real life. Gathering 1000 friends is like a bag of gold for some.

#2.  Status addiction

Status addiction is having the urgent need to update your status on Facebook or maybe tweet on twitter.

For example: My friend and I were going to see Cold Play at Splendour in the Grass and we had to walk to the main stage before the big crowd came. The walk was only 5 mins at the most but my friend stopped and said, “Wait a sec I have to update my status. My followers will be wondering what I am doing?”


So we stopped. The updating status task took longer than we thought and when we finally started walking the stampede came. It then took us closer to an hour to walk the 5 min trip. We also missed out on getting close to the stage!

I blame my friend’s status addiction for that!

Another tell tale sign of status addiction is when a person posts personal details on a business account like, “just having breakfast..then doing some start jumps..ready for blogging.” Ok I am happy to hear that! NOT! But wait! Did you remember to feed the dog?

We have all seen this. People posting absolute rubbish to their own loyal Twitter followers.

Do you show any signs of this symptom?

#3.  Pressing your own buttons – Obsessive
Compulsive Social Media Disorder

So you have a website and you wanted to look popular. The “asking strangers to like you” gig was not working out for you..Strangers were rude and did not want to like you. This is when you came up with the brilliant idea to press your own social media buttons.

Press press press and the count goes up! Wow I am popular!

#4.  Creating Social Media Accounts

You are so addicted to pressing your own social media buttons that you just have to move on and do more. That s when you start making more social media profiles under your 100 new alias’s you just created with your 100 new Gmail email accounts. Your social status is going through the roof! Its time to party and celebrate.

When your social media accounts are listed on an Excel spreadsheet then you know you have a serious problem.

#5.  Claiming Social media expertise

The person that has got to this stage of the addiction by starting with what seemed to be a harmless task of “pressing your own buttons”. But then people kept asking “Wow how do you get so many LIKES?” Instead of telling the truth and admitting their addiction they casually start claiming social media expertise. The other person looks at them in AWE and this makes the addiction worse!

This is a difficult symptom to pick out because there might actually be some real social media experts out there. But don’t be fooled because people with “Obsessive compulsive social media disorder” can look just like a real expert.

What can you do if you have Obsessive Compulsive Social Media Disorder?

If you are showing any signs of this addiction you need to seek help fast. I have just joined “Obsessive compulsive social media disorder anonymous” and I will share a few tips with you:

  • ==>> Do not rely on Social media as a backbone for your website. To build a serious “kick butt” business, the website needs to stand on its own two feet.
  • ==>> Do not press your own buttons because you think no one knows you are doing it..Well the big G knows all. The sooner you realize this the better. When a real person presses your button, (one that doesn’t live in your street) it is far more valuable.
  • ==>> Phone up a real friend and ask them to like you. (If you have any after neglecting them for virtual social media friends)

Look out for the symptoms so you do not catch this addiction yourself and be sure to press my buttons for me as I am a recovering Obsessive Compulsive Social Media Disorder success story!

Every button you press will cure my temptation. :)


  1. Quite honestly: I definitely don’t suffer from this addiction but I wish I had at least a little bit of it! When you have a business you are supposed to do all this social media stuff, but I still don’t get the point of twitter at all and I am way to busy to post regularly on Facebook. And out- sourcing this is just way to expensive. So I am forced to tweet and status- update even though I hate it. I envy y’all for your disorder – LOL!!!

  2. Hehe, never done any of these. I guess I am normal, wow.
    I tried to explain social media and social networks to my grandma. She had an argument immediately – how can be social when it is online? Good point, isn’t it?
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    • Hello Kaloyan,

      I understand your grand – mother’s stand and in a curious way, I’m like her. What is the rationale of sharing online what you would never share offline knowing full well that it is with strangers and will potentially be online forever?

      Get the point?

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    • I’m not trying to say your grandma is wrong…social media can be very anti-social; however, there is a reason it is called ‘social’ media.

      Social is defined as relating to society, and society can be defined in a few ways that all boil down to people – so on social media you are relating to people. Sounds pretty social to me! Especially when you are relating to others for a cause, belief, or other common ground.

      Just because it is online doesn’t mean that the people behind the words and profiles are not real.

      I think we can use social media to make society a better place. Inspire other people and find inspiration from people we would never talk to if we didn’t have social media.
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  3. So what’s the best way to unplug from Social media? What’s the best way to realize that social media-connected chain has just hijacked our humanity? We should throw all our gadgets and start to talk face-to-face.
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  4. I think Jim Gaffigan said it best:
    “It’s not as if ten years ago, we were like, ‘I wish I could take low quality photos of my dessert.'”
    It is awful when you’ve been out all day, you’re hungry, the plate of food lands in front of you and your friend is like “Wait! That looks amazing. That’s going on Instagram!”
    Addiction indeed. LOL.
    Thanks for sharing,
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  5. Hi,
    Nice dig out indeed.Its happen due to over dose of social networking. so we have to use social media very carfully.And most important is social media has both side means its has advantages and disadvantages.
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  6. Hey Mitz,
    Nice post and I really enjoyed this post while reading. Social media addiction is very common thing these days among young people. First two points are very common. About me, I asked only my friends circle for like and remaining four points are not present in me. We have to use social media sites but only in limit. If we addicted to it, its become very difficult for us to concentrate on other work. Thanks for sharing this post.
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  7. Social media can certainly be addictive. The thing that changed things for me, on a personal level, is when I started running social media sites for entertainers. People who have shows on the Las Vegas Strip and are actors like the people I work for are, HAVE to have people like them. Therefore I spend a portion of my day trying to get people to like them…which is really me posing as them. It made me realize how sort of shallow I was being worrying about how many twitter followers I have.
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  8. The illustration was really a comedy after taking some time to meditate on it, but sad to say i am guilty. I have ask people to like my page and requested for strangers to follow me on twitter while i was still a newbie. Many people are guilty of that.
    As for status addiction i will say mine is a bit different because i don’t update my status offten, but what i do is to make sure i check the update on my timeline so often that i get distracted just to see what people are saying.
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  9. LOL Mitz
    M also suffering from this. Continuous status update, changing profile pic and than waiting for comments…and at zero hours just checking what others had changed hiding my online status…anyways m loving this addiction and thanx for sharing this.

  10. Nice one, asking strangers to like you is a BIG sign of Obsessive Compulsive Social Media Disorder!
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  11. Nice story Mitz. I always had fun to read your post. Compulsive Social Media Disorder!!! it is a great and very attractive title.

  12. Lol, nice one Mitz. Jesus is not talking about twitter. He literally wants us to follow him.
    Nice post, thanks fir sharing this.
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  13. Nice and informative post
    Social media is one of the basic thing now a days that people are hung with. Different people use it for different reasons. Some use it for fun, some for connecting with friends, some for business etc.. I have heard about ” obsessive compulsive social media disorder” which is not only among web masters but also normal people.

    People are in such stage that even a single day doesn’t go without logging in to social media site.They have got used to it. The above article explains some symptoms which could clarify whether you are affected with that disorder. It is not too dangerous but not healthy too. The article also explains some tips to avoid this form.
    Great post and I hope this post many help many people especially the people who are affected with this kind of social media disorder.

    Thank you for sharing
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    • Hello Sagar,

      I love it when you make it known that it’s not only webmasters that are affected…to think that only those who run sites can be affected by this ‘disorder’ is being quite economical with the truth.

      You see, bloggers and webmasters may not even have time to take their addiction to the next level…I have friends on FB that even update the fact that they are eating — on in the toilet!

      Can you imagine?

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  14. I am not that much addicted to any social networking website. Though i was using Facebook 2 years ago at a very high rate. I used to spend most of my time there but with the time my addiction have reduced at a very good extent. But as you have explained that people ask any stranger to like their post. Some doesn’t get satisfaction till they update their status. Now a days even small kids are getting addiction of social networking websites. Anyway you have explained it in a great way. Thanks for sharing.
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  15. Metz,

    While I recognize the value of social media, it really pisses me off when people update really silly statuses about being paid their salary, eating or dumping their lovers…in real sense – who really cares?

    Then again, I may perfectly be normal for a week without tweeting, retweeting, updating or liking anything. It is my submission that when a proper site is built on more tangible variables, the social media need would be less attractive.

    If it still is, why not spend some bucks?

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  16. Hi, when i want to write a comment also, you reminded me to get along together with my offline friend. thanks to remind. Peoples nowadays tend to update their status whenever and whichever they goes. Thats what we called status addiction. Seriously im grateful that im not that bad so far. And hopefully i can divide my time and focus on both online and offline world. Thanks again to reminds.. :)
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  17. There was a time when I was least bothered about social media and sharing on these. I didnt use to like it all but now you have no option except getting used to these, or you are no where.
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  18. Another Great post Mitz….This is a difficult symptom to pick out because there might actually be some real social media experts out there. But don’t be fooled because people with “Obsessive compulsive social media disorder” can look just like a real expert.

  19. Nice post. But maybe difficult for me to act. I’m a beginner and I’m falling again and again. I created new blog and then it fell ~.~. Your tips are very helpful. Thanks
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  20. Great post. I don’t suffer from it but so many kids are growing up like this. Times are changing very quickly.
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  21. I think I have understand facebook and the use I can do one but I really don’t understand the use of twitter. i do have an account and use to send their my new posts information but this is not for me a media for news. It’s too hard to received good information in the middle of nothing and everything.
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  22. With heavy heart I have to say that I might be one of these… :P
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  23. It’s pretty pathetic how dependent people are on social media. I know several people who wont’t say a word in face to face, yet the second they get behind a keyboard they have the most confidence in the world.
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  24. Thanks for the great post, Mitz. I am definitely guilty of 1,3, and 4. As far as status addiction goes, I actually think I need to work on making more regular status updates. With that said, I’m very well on my way to becoming an addict.
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  25. Hi Mitz,
    Well, I have seen people doing #1. Most of my friends do this just to get some likes, I think and know that likes getting by begging is not worth it. The reason being the person being not interested in the content and liking just because he said him.
    Entertaining Post!
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  26. The world may have gone completely social media mad, and yes, we are all part of it in this modern lifestyle we lead, I have to admit myself that the first thing I do is check my accounts when I wake in the morning and it is all part of the addiction to it all.

    Remember those days when we used to search for cats doing crazy things and even wake-boarding squirrels on YouTube! Well it now seems that that has advanced and we are now getting everything direct and being guilty of doing it ourselves as well ;) lol
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  27. The “Status addition – The walk was only 5 mins ” comments caused me to laugh a little. Not because I have it, but a week ago I had someone in my Twitter list do something similar.
    Hey, once you leave the house to enjoy an important event, you can leave us with that nice thought.
    Just think about all the news you will have to share the next day. (:
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  28. Hey mitz,
    Again a great article from you./ Social media has become a bigger addiction than drugs. People are spending great amount of time on fb , twitter. It is really a problem. they are desperate to get more likes and retweets. You have written an amazing article concerning the people. Thanks for this
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  29. Simon Andras Peter says:

    This was me, when I first created a Twitter account . :)) good times

  30. Well said, Mitz!

    Your post is funny at many points, but there is always the obscure and real part as ever.

    It remembers me that, some time ago, a woman died in a nightclub in fire. She just posted her status at Facebook: “Oh, God! The nighclub is all burning!!!”.
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  31. Some people might take this type of behavior as humor but the fact is that this Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is affecting a lot of people. I also admit that the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check Facebook and Twitter from my smartphone but as far as “Asking strangers to like you” point goes, thank goodness I’m not that crazy! :)
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  32. These signs of obsessive compulsive social media disorder showed me how to not get too involved in virtual media as we all know that excessive something is always bad for us. We should limit our social media usage to a limited point to avoid these problems. Bravo!! Nice article dear.
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  33. Nate Graybill says:

    I personally had sworn off social media for over a year. I was doing pretty good until I began my business. It was like a necesary evil. I know you said its not necesary in business, and the website should stand on its own legs, which I DO agree with, but something about social media has become necesary. Its wormed its way into our lives on every level. If we don’t play where the other kids are, we won’t make any new friends. Its a fine balance, I will admit, but SM is here to stay. Total mixed feelings on my end.

  34. I was addicted to Facebook status updates and eager to get more likes. It was something similar with foursquare too. That lasted for a few months before I came out of it. I then started going out more often and meeting many people in real life and building connections. It has helped me a great deals and have also met many other website owners in the process.
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  35. HI mitz ..you are right about social media is disorder now. We can great appreciation for facebook and twitter to develope our social.nice article mitz.

  36. Liking your own status is advantageous in some situations. I know that pressing every button to increase your number is wrong. But especially in Facebook where the algorithm decides which people to show your post that like counts as an interaction and can actually increase your engagement.
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  37. Hi,

    I just love your well researched article. I have found these symptoms resonating with mine, an year ago. I was very addicted to social media and my obsession for a wider media presence was increasing. Hopefully, i am fine now.

  38. I find myself in the obsessive category. I am always trying to find more ways to improve my FB and Twitter status by doing some of the things you mention. I am contantly on FB although I try to limit my time to just a few hours a day. I am always checking my adsense account to see if anyone has clicked on my ads. I really need to get a life.
    Thanks, Mike
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  39. Many people think that if they are not updating their status of FB or twitter other people will think of them as an inferior which is not true. addiction of anything is always bad and only harms for sure.
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  40. Yeah I agree, people usually got addicted to social media which is not a god thing.
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