Social Addiction

A few months back a friend of mine turned me on to Facebook. I was so hooked in. It’s scary how addictive it is. It’s like crack, it really is. Suddenly I felt like I had a connection to the outside world again. This is a good thing overall, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I find I spend way too much time taking personality tests and playing “scrabulous” and not so much time actually, say, talking to people in real life. This is a problem. That’s the first step, admitting that I HAVE a problem, yes?

So now, the same friend for a variety of reasons is taking a brief hiatus from the online world. My drug buddy has left the building. This gave me some pause and I began to examine my own stuff around what he calls a “social addiction.” One MIGHT think this would lead me to take my own hiatus but, erm…no. Not yet. Instead I wrote a song about it. It’s a start though.

For your edification and enjoyment I shall post the lyrics here:

Social Addiction

I rely on constant touch
saying things I think are clever
it’s no mystery
how much it means
every precious word
or gesture

no one knows
how deep this goes

I compose the perfect scene
arranging shows of my infirmity
wrap them close
keep them safe
clutched in my hand
just like a rosary

no one knows
how deep this goes
even I can’t find
the fear below

And the manifest symptom is this
My social addiction exists
Is it part of my story
Or half of my problem
Or one more solution that fits?

I confess to deep unrest
discontent to take the test
it’s no mystery
how much it seems
to press this pulse
and stop the beating

no one knows
how deep this goes
even I can’t find
the fear below
the surface

And the manifest symptom is this
My social addiction exists
Is it part of my story
Or half of my problem
Or one more solution that fits
For now?

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4 thoughts on “Social Addiction

  1. Mrs M

    I know what you are talking about here. I had a facebook account, but deleted it. The internet and blogging and all that goes with it is insidious, it just sneaks up on you and before you realize it, you are spending so much time on the darn thing. Hours can slip by.

    I liked the lyrics to your song BTW! Going to turn off the mind sucker now.

  2. I “do” facebook, even though I find it completely counter intuitive to use, if I need a button, look in the last place I’d put it and I find it, I therefore prefer Myspace. Even so, what’s interesting is that although I see how good it could be, more than putting my moniker up there, and only that to get another link to my website, I just can’t be arsed!

    Love the song though.

    Cheers

    BC

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