Message to readers,
Updated post due to the fact I didn't know Social Anxiety Disorder was actually a real medical condition (whoops!). I'm hoping now that the changes I've made will make it clear that it is a "tongue-in-cheek" post and will stop me receiving any more requests for interviews / guest articles on how to deal with the medical condition Social Anxiety Disorder.
Apologies to the confused or the offended...
Have you ever been down the pub with a group of friends and interrupted a flowing conversation to answer that beep from your smartphone informing you that someone has commented on your latest Facebook status?
Maybe you have been having dinner with your family at a nice restaurant and excused yourself for the fourth time blaming it on a weak bladder because you needed to check what has been happening in your Twitter stream; a weak bladder that only manifested itself at the same time as getting your first smartphone?
Or maybe you were watching a film at the cinema and noticed a flashing coming from the hand where you are gripping your smartphone tightly, whilst your girlfriend squeezed the other hand harder and harder giving you that "don't even think about it" look?
If any of these sound familiar to you then you could have Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (or S.A.D for short).
S.A.D is a serious disease that is spreading fast around the globe and now starting to spread to the workplace as companies start to adopt social technologies to collaborate.
If we don't act now this could turn into a worldwide epidemic!
If you already do any of the following then it could already be too late for you....
- You cannot resist the temptation to text, instant message, tweet, or generally converse via your smartphone than watch the 238 slide PowerPoint presentation on how this weeks strategy could increase the company margin tenfold
- You give colleagues your twitter username when they ask for your email address
- You suggest "I'll Friend you on Facebook" when you meant to say "lets do lunch"
- You restrict your emails to 140 characters
- You keep a running count of the colleagues you know
- You host twitter chats instead of telephone conferences
- You prefix forwarded emails with RT
- You spend 10 minutes trying to find the Like button of a document uploaded onto your intranet site
- You refuse to talk to a colleague you don't know without a verbal introduction from one of their team members
- You first hear that your boss has left the company via their updated LinkedIn profile
For me it's already too late....but hopefully my suffering hasn't been in vain and this blog post helps you identify the signs before Social (media) Anxiety Disorder (S.A.D) takes another life.