My name is Karen and I fear I'm becoming addicted to social media

I’m not at all a social person. My idea of a good time is going home from work, playing with my son until bedtime and then hanging out with Matt. But the Internet is a whole new ball game for people like me. I get to open up and come out of my comfy introverted shell. But it’s not all about me. No, no, no. I find it fascinating to see what others are doing too. The best part about that is getting tips about new stuff - sites, gadgets, tools…the usual.

Because I work in marketing and am in this realm all day, you’d think I’d get tired of it. I don’t see it happening yet. Admittedly, I’m not a Facebook fanatic (most of the time it strikes me as a popularity contest), but I like reading and writing, so blogs and micro-blogs are the most appealing mediums I participate in these days.

Speaking of the popularity contest that is Facebook, why do people even go on there or “add friends” if they aren’t going to interact? That’s my biggest problem with that particular world on the Web these days. It’s such a contradiction to be a member of a social community and not socialize with the community you build around you. I am being more and more selective about who I add to my own little world. I have absolutely no interest in accumulating friends to have a big number. I was never one of the “in-crowd” and if anyone who knows me ever described me as popular, I’d wonder who they were talking about.