After-School Special: Are you addicted to social media?

Remember those after-school specials? You know, the ones that aired at 4 p.m., before the days of Direct TV, the Internet and over-scheduled kids (when we were actually home after school)? Well, YourTango has brought back the After-School Special, tackling the issue of social media addiction, a subject that, had social media been invented in the ’80s, would’ve definitely made the editorial calendar of the After-School Special producers.

Too much of anything can be unhealthy, and the same is true for social media. So while this video is amusing, social media addiction is not. And although most of us are probably (and hopefully) not neglecting our children’s health and well-being to play “just one more round” of Angry Birds, all of us can probably think of an occasion that we were Tweeting when we maybe should’ve been playing a hand of Uno with the kids or throwing in a load of laundry.

So enjoy, and if you remember those great After-School Specials, let me know! I can’t be the only one old enough to remember these, can I? (Read with a hint of desperation.) Then read more about YourTango’s campaign to raise awareness of social media addiction and how it can affect your relationships, and meet Tweetsie, a real angry bird, too.


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