Is Social Media Taking Over Your Life? [MakeUseOf Poll]

polls   Is Social Media Taking Over Your Life? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we asked you if you’re already using Windows 8. Windows 8 has been out for a while, but it was released officially only last week. Considering this fact, a surprising amount of you are already using Windows 8 on their computer. Want to know how many? Keep on reading.

Out of 933 readers who voted, 35% already use Windows 8, 13% are not using it yet but plan on installing it soon, 15% plan on installing it in a while, and 37% are not using it and don’t plan to, either. All in all, it seems there is no consensus, and while the vast majority is either using Windows 8 or planning to install it soon, there is still over 30% who don’t even plan to. Then again, these 30% might not be Windows users at all!

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: Is Social Media Taking Over Your Life?

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Social media has been around for several years now, and already it feels like it’s been around forever. With huge social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, almost everyone is taking part in this new social game. But how big is this part? Do you talk with friends on Facebook more than you actually meet them? Do you go out with friends only to find yourself immersed in Twitter on your smartphone? On principle, social media is there to help us make connections, but is it really helping, or is it taking over your life? It’s time to tell us what you think!

What do you think of the part social media plays in our daily lives? Share all your thoughts in the comments.

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Mac Witty

I see communication by social media as one part of my life, sometimes at lot there and sometimes a lot afk

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Ahmed Khalil

it is become more concentrate with social media than normal relations

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Zhong Jiang

I don’t usually used social media, because tweeting and sharing or posting isn’t a major concern. What I do use is for, connecting with friends and an idle chat. But businesses tend to utilize it for marketing tactics and popularity persuasion. What’s taking over my life isn’t Social Media per say, but without it, I won’t be connecting with many friends from all over the globe.

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Javier Vega

i try to keep it balance, but i’m not an active user on media sites, i keep them on background and view them once in a while, i know there are a lot of sites to visit and participate, yet, keeping it simple is what works for me.

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Temmuz Onur Deniz Güzel

There’ve been times where I looked at my life and saw myself checking facebook once an hour, then I had to close my account, guess what, a few days later, I’m opening it again.. I’ve gone further and “survived” without facebook for a week or two. And then I realised it’s just like the “knife cliché” (you can kill a man or cut a bread). You have to use those technologies only in your benefit; stay in touch with friends, be notified about news/events etc. If you cross the line and let it control your life, you’re done.

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Vipul Bansal

The Bitter Truth!
Internet has always been a source of knowledge but with Social Media jumping in, people get to meet actual people and that too free, your only expenditure being the internet bills :p
I have a project in hand and i have to spend so much time on social media both for information and bindings.

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MikeFromMarkham

Joined LinkedIn for a short time to help a friend set up a business networking group, but left once he had enough critical mass to continue without me. Otherwise I have seen no reason to use any of this crap at all and don’t see that changing any time soon, if ever.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

I don’t use any social media. Forums and blogs are good enough for me because I can easily find people with similar interests that way.
I’m a member of many sites, though.

That being said, I occassionally need Twitter or FB account for various purposes like freebies, contest, etc. I’d lend one from my friends.

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Félix S. De Jesús

Most of us are addicted to the Social Networks… Please, We can deny, or else We are hypocritical in that issue.

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Rajaa Chowdhury

The 60s, 70s and 80s used to get their highs with drugs and hash, but in today’s world where everything has turned into electronic formats, the new e-drug are the social media sites. If I do not login into Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter a single day, my body aches and my mind jumbles. Even if it is for 5 minutes, just to check the notifications and updates, so be it, but one login a day is a must at-least. I am addicted, get high after a login and as the famous McDonalds India tagline say, “I am loving it.”

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Alex Downs

Unfortunately as a web designer I have little choice but to integrate with it, but I still prefer actually being in the same place as the person I’m talking to. Facebook is basically an Instant messenger for me though lol.

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Raghav Gupta

Its upto the person how you are using social media and its upto us to what extent we allow it to take over us. With patience you can get over this very easily.
Everything has its own cons and pros. Its upto us how we use it.

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Carolyn Barnett

It is taking over my life and i don’t like that.I have decided to tweet less and to facebook less and to blog more.

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josemon maliakal

Ya, it is true considering the modern youth people…Because they are very excited to share their ideas, messages, opinions, comments etc and they wanna be so responsive ..it helps to make a lot of friends and they will be eager to know what their friends are doing ..

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Boni Oloff

Who is the winner of the previous pool?

I don’t think social media taking over my live.. I am not too addicted to say that.
But if you said “time” is part of your life, then i say YES. It is taking almost many of my time just to check something interesting there, and check anything informative there, and many times, i just stuck see something not interesting, or something interesting but not important. and I start spent my time without limit. :D

And i can say, social media takes my time.. And maybe with that time i can run my life better instead of just looking something not so important. :D

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Dave Parrack

I refuse to let it. I used to spend too long playing games on Facebook but have now deleted them all to avoid temptation. I’ve got my addiction under control ;)

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Raj Sarkar

Social Media has changed my life a lot. I can’t do without it. :D

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Vipul Jain

Anything new gets you into it. So at first it did overtake my real life.
But after 2-3 years now, i can proudly say that i control my social media not vice versa.
The best thing you can do to achieve this is not install social media apps on your phones, we humans are too lazy to crawl to our laptops, pcs to check on it. You will automatically reduce the time consumed and also increase the battery backup :D

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Rdo. Neto

Not even close! At the beginning of this year I decided to buckle down on my studies and the first thing I did was to close my accounts at social networks. No regret!

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Alan Wade

The only social media account I have is FaceBook and the only time I logon is when I get an email notification of a message from my friends or family.

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phritzg

Social media itself is neutral; it’s up to the individual to decide to control its use or to be controlled by it. As in much of life, moderation is usually the best path to follow.

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Boni Oloff

Yeah, control is the main key. Nothing can made you addicted, if you can control your self.

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Suzi Love

Social Media is a necessary evil that serves good purpose in emergency situations but can eat up all your time if not controlled.
Suzi

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Jill Jacoby

I know it is not a part of everyones lives but it is a part of mine. I don’t drive due to anxiety problems so it is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, find old friends and make new ones. I also use it to promote my business. Like anything else in life you have to know your limitations and check yourself every so often. I try to stay aware of the amount of time I spend and that I am not using it as a crutch.

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Chaos Emperor

I dont really like chatting online

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Somaiya Ebrahim

its trying to..