Coping with social media fatigue

'Disconnect' strategies can alleviate symptoms

ActiveRain, blogging, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Skype, Twitter, YouTube — are you suffering from SMFS (social media fatigue syndrome)? Here are the signs that it’s time to unplug before it’s too late.

Social media fatigue syndrome is defined as: "A feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion resulting from having to respond to too many pieces of digital communication. Symptoms include thumb cramps, chronic dry eye due to excessive computer screen exposure, quickness to ‘flame’ people who disagree with you on discussion boards, dizzy spells resulting from overexposure to Flash applications, plus inability to make eye contact or carry on a conversation in face-to-face situations.

"Additional identifying symptoms include unconscious compulsive eating of high-sugar and high-carbohydrate foods, caffeine addiction, and lack of muscle tone from too much sitting.