Yes some people do ignore real life and the real people around them in favour of checking Facebook or Twitter, including my children at times.
But it doesn't have to be like that.
After I lost my job in 2008 I craved contact and interaction and information. Every morning I would check my emails, have a look at rollercoaster.ie and my Facebook page. There would be little to see and by 9.30am and I would be sitting staring at the screen willing something interesting to appear.
The rest of the morning was carefully choreographed: a bit of exercise, a bit of housework and a lot of mostly fruitless job applications. My friends were busy and it was a lonely time for me.
That has all changed utterly now, and while I have social media I know that I need never feel bored and lonely again, even if I'm stuck in the house for the day, or if I'm stuck somewhere else.
It was through rollercoaster that I found and joined PACUB, the group protesting against cuts to child benefit, which is still fighting austerity today.
Through Facebook I rebuilt contact with family in Australia and nurtured friendships in the UK, twenty years after I moved to Ireland. And most of all I made new friends here, friends with kids like mine who understand special needs and who are generous with their time, support, friendship and information.
It was through Facebook and this blog that I started working for Hearts and Minds, so now I always seem to be on-line, constantly searching for good stories to help the community of families who are trying to get iPad for their kids by recycling mobile phones. Sometimes my Facebook friends publish information that I can use, so it would be rude not to like a few other updates as I pass by...
And whenever I am working or blogging or simply hanging out on-line, I keep one eye on my twitter stream, for more news and information and entertainment, for now or later.
So for me social media is fulfilling. Perhaps other people are like that. Perhaps people switch on their phones when the 'seatbelts on' sign goes off through boredom, not 'technology anxiety' . Perhaps they are just glad to be reconnected with the world and have something entertaining to read or play again while they wait to get off the plane.
You see I hate waiting, and there is a lot of it in my life. Waiting for my kids to do things, waiting in queues, waiting at appointments, waiting in line at the checkout. Now I can just look at twitter and my anxiety decreases.
A story was told about an older couple who used to spend their evening together in front of the TV. Now she has a tablet and looks at that while the TV is on. He doesn't like it. And yes I can understand that, but I did wonder who's in charge of the remote control? If I had a partner of many years, would we always watch TV together? I suspect not. When watching TV or films with my kids, they often use laptops or phones at the same time...
But there are many times when I switch off the internet on my phone. Many of my friends are not on-line and when I am with them, I only check my phone for texts and calls in case they're about my kids. Some nights out seem to involve lots of photos being taken and posted on-line, but I've stopped doing so much of that - because I forgot to enjoy myself!
So do you suffer from 'technology anxiety' or does it enhance your life? Or do you just ignore it?