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Deadly Virtual Dependencies

The 'Social Media Addict or Zombie' Chart Illustrates Online Perils

— August 20, 2011 — Pop Culture
Recently featured on the Googly-Gooeys website was an amusing infographic titled 'Social Media Addict or Zombie.' The chart demonstrates the effects that intense online habits can have on one's lifestyle and health. While addictive online habits can lead someone to go scarily insane like the zombie featured on the infographic, it can also lead individuals to become so wrapped up in their virtual activities that they completely check out of reality.

The 'Social Media Addict or Zombie' infographic is accurate in pointing out that those individuals whose eyes are glues to their computer screen will often forego showers, baths and trips to the washrooms. I'm sure everyone can relate to the 'Social Media Addict or Zombie' infographic in one way or another.

Implications - Businesses that are able to portray realistic human tendencies or unfavorable habits in humorous yet accurate ways will likely appeal to a wide audience. Consumers will be drawn to those businesses that are able to make light of a serious situation.
Trend Themes
1. Online Addiction Awareness - By creating relatable and humorous content about addictive online habits, businesses can raise awareness about the negative impacts of excessive screen time.
2. Virtual Detox Solutions - There is an opportunity for businesses to provide services or products that help individuals disconnect from their virtual activities and prioritize real-life experiences.
3. Digital Wellness Programs - Businesses can create programs and resources to promote healthier online habits and help individuals find a balance between their virtual and real lives.
Industry Implications
1. Digital Content Creation - Businesses involved in creating online content can incorporate humor and relatability in order to educate and engage audiences about the dangers of excessive online habits.
2. Technology Detox Retreats - The wellness industry can capitalize on the need for detoxing from technology by offering retreats and experiences that encourage individuals to unplug and reconnect with themselves and nature.
3. Digital Wellness Coaching - There is an opportunity for professionals in the wellness industry to offer coaching and guidance to individuals struggling with online addiction, helping them find healthier habits and restore balance in their lives.
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