It's not that I have anything against social networking, in fact I do like the fact that you can communicate with lots of people so easily.
Social networking as a writer is a good way of reaching a wider audience; of getting in touch with other writers, readers and interested people, as well as keeping in touch with close friends. But is it all becoming too invasive?
Are we wasting so much of our lives tapping information on small electronic devices, when we could be living more?
Being able to call or text or email almost anyone, at any time of the day or night can be incredibly useful, and at times it is a lot of fun. But is there a point where it stops being fun and becomes compulsive and potentially destructive?
Could we be forgetting to live our lives because we are so desperate to share every little detail with people we hardly know, and may not even have met.
Immediately you pick up your phone and tap away, twittering the details to the wider world. But as you concentrate on the tiny screen the beautiful sunset in front of you is changing from moment to moment. You are missing it - spoiling the moment because you are now reading what someone else has said about their roof leaking, their dog scratching itself or possibly something equally inane and pointless.
Meanwhile the life you could be leading is passing by unnoticed.
It sounds to me like the start of some horrific tale of the future. Have we become that society that is so busy being busy that we have no time to 'stop and stare'.
Do you feel bereft if your mobile device is lost or stolen? What if you have left it at home or can't get an internet connection and are unable to communicate with the world for - heaven forbid- an hour or two? If this is you perhaps you need to start weaning yourself off this dreadful anchor that is insidiously draining away your ability to survive without it.
I have seen people sitting together - no one is talking to the group they are with because they are all either talking on their phones, sending or receiving text messages or twittering? Is that because they think the people they are with are not interesting or important enough to talk to? If so why are they spending time with them at all? Or is it that they are so insecure that they have to prove they have lots of friends or important things that must be communicated immediately?
It is not just phones - computers and laptops can be just as enticing, and all consuming.
I know that there are many people out there who are not welded to their technology. But if you are one of those for whom the temptation of just one more text or email, just another minute or two, (which turns into an hour before you realise it) is irresistible - perhaps it is time to check and see if you are indeed able to do without it for an entire day, or if you have the kind of withdrawal pains or summon up the same excuses that we associate with any other addiction....
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