Site founder Biz Stone thinks Twitter addiction is unhealthy
Browsing Twitter can be so much fun that reports indicate some people stay logged in for 12 hours at a time. You may find that hard to believe if you're just a casual user, but Twitter addicts have time-consuming habits that include browsing other people's streams, searching for interesting topics, and trying to make a hashtag trend. If you're an addict who won't listen to friends and family even if they try to stage a Twitter intervention, maybe you'd listen to site co-founder Biz Stone, who finds spending long hours on the site unhealthy.
At a business conference in Canada, Stone was asked what he thought of users who refuse to close their Twitter tabs all day. He answered: "To me, that sounds unhealthy. I like the kind of engagement where you go to the website and you leave because you've found what you are looking for or you found something very interesting and you learned something. I think that's a much healthier engagement." But it's not as if he wants you to barely visit the site either: "Obviously, we want you to come frequently," he added.
Twitter has enjoyed explosive growth over the years and has registered its 500 millionth user recently, though only 1 in every 4 accounts is actually active. A lot of high-profile celebrities including Lady Gaga, President Obama, the Dalai Lama, and even the Pope use the site, so it's not too surprising that more and more people have started using the site, if only to check out what their favorite personalities are up to.
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