I made a joke with my coworkers the other day about the number of e-mail accounts that I have. They were horrified when I nonchalantly mentioned that I had four e-mail accounts. One of these accounts is my work account. I have a personal yahoo account, and I have a Gmail account for this blog. I also help to manage a group e-mail for our LTYM show.
I must confess that I also own two cell phones. One of these phones is a Blackberry that I use for work. I only have my work e-mail and one application downloaded on my Blackberry. This phone is equipped with an international calling plan because I work with a global team spread all over from Israel, India, Austria, France, China, Korea, and Japan. On any given day I can be found on international conference calls at all hours of the day. My personal cell phone is my iPhone. I have dozens of apps loaded on my phone: Twitter, Facebook, my three personal e-mail accounts, my blog, my RSS feed for reading blogs, Facebook Messenger and a page application to manage the administration of two Facebook pages.
I had no idea how tuned I was to social media until I began talking more to my coworkers. Since we are so connected at work, many of my colleagues choose not to be as connected in their personal lives. I have only friended a few coworkers on Facebook. Only two coworkers know that I blog. I also have done Google plus hangouts which is way more fun than a teleconference. I have entered the world of Pinterest, but I have not succumbed to its siren call yet. So friends, family and colleagues, I have a confession. My name is Jen, and I am a social media addict. I have nearly had panic attacks when I have left my beloved iPhone. My addiction has become better. It had to. My husband put his foot down. I listened to the wise words of my friend, Alexandra. My sweet friend Story recommended the Power Down podcast hosted by the Sits Girls. I am working on setting limits on my social media usage. Right now I still feel like I live a double life with my colleagues – my online life and my offline life.
Is it just me? Am I the only one alone in this? How much should I disclose to my colleagues, friends and family?