Twitter Habits May Lead to Addiction, According to Latest infographic from OnlineSchools.com

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A 2012 study from Chicago University's Booth Business School revealed that in some cases, saying “no” to Twitter is harder than resisting cigarettes or alcohol. OnlineSchools.com has released an infographic that highlights the impact of the newfound addiction.

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Although college students may find Twitter harder to resist than alcohol, a more profound take-away is just how plugged into the social platform they are.

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently created an infographic that highlights the effect of Twitter on users. It appears that giving up Twitter for a period correlates with the appearance of symptoms of physical withdrawal.

The infographic reveals that the social networking giant has 100 million active users, more than 50 percent of whom log in daily. As people have integrated tweets and feeds into daily life through mobile and third party applications, Twitter is becoming more difficult to live without.

"Although college students may find Twitter harder to resist than alcohol, a more profound take-away is just how plugged into the social platform they are,” said Seth Restaino, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. “As a social tool that allows people and students alike to stay connected to one another, Twitter can also be used to exchange educational information."

Social media sites like Twitter have become so popular that college students forced to go without them for 24 hours reported experiencing symptoms of addiction, feelings of failure and physical or mental disease. Furthermore, celebrities who have “quit,” such as Chris Brown and Ashton Kutcher, have only been able to remain tweet-free for a short time.

"As a proponent of tools and services that promote educational technology, OnlineSchools.com has a keen interest in the creative ways that professors work such a powerful and ubiquitous technology as Twitter into their curricula,” commented Restaino. “We look forward to shedding more light on that in the months to come. This infographic is only the beginning.”

For features related to this infographic, such as “The evolution of classroom technology” and other information related to online schooling, follow OnlineSchools.com on Pinterest, @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

About OnlineSchools.com
Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.
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