News flash: the urge to tweet can be even harder to resist than the urge to drink or smoke a cigarette, according to a new study from the University of Chicago! The super easy 140-character form of communication is so hard to resist because it is a fast, easy and accessible way to chat with the world, research indicates.
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And yes, tweeting is usually harmless - and fun! - but are there times when you should resist the urge to update? In some cases: yes. If you're constantly typing away on your phone, your real relationships may be getting shafted. If you and a pal are too busy Tweeting during happy hour to even talk with one another, then Twitter might be taking away time that should be spent nurturing real relationships.
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Sound familiar? Recognizing that you might pay a bit too much attention to updating your Twitter feed is the first step in building up your ability to resist the urge to post at inappropriate times (ahem, at the dinner table). Next time you're dining with family and friends, make a concerted effort to leave your phone in your purse the whole night. Create a Twitter-free zone, for at least a few hours. Your followers can wait until after dessert!
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Bottom line: make sure that your urge to tweet isn't distracting you from your real life. If you are only halfway paying attention to everything around you (while you post away), then it could be compromising the quality of the experiences you are having.
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