All Twittered out? Have you succumbed to the craze?
It’s official: Britain has gone Twittering mad as 60% of Brits admit to being addicted to social networking, while a further 30% confess the urge to chat online anywhere and anytime, according to research by Vodaphone.
Dubbed Twitterphilia, society’s new addiction carries symptoms including uncontrollable urges to update your status and getting overly excited when a new follower is recruited.
Twitter first gained attention due to its applications for news organisations. However, the phenomenon is now dominated by big name celebs such as Jonathan Ross and Lily Allen – both renowned for their regular Tweets – who have cultivated religious followings.
A-listers Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore have admitted being addicted to the craze, hitting the headlines twice, thanks to their prolific Tweeting. On one occasion the pair were left red-faced after Tweeting about their neighbours’ noisy construction work, resulting in an extremely public row and Kutcher posting a video apology.
More recently Kutcher made history by beating CNN to be the first Tweeter to gain a million followers and posted a video victory dance of him and Demi celebrating to Kool and The Gang’s Celebration.
While it seems the world has gone Twitter mad, one good thing to come of the addiction? Kutcher and CNN have promised to donate 10,000 bed nets to the charity Nothing But Nets following their battle. The charity is currently attempting to dispatch 275,000 to protect vulnerable refugees in Africa.