According to a new study from Kelly Services regarding social media in the workplace, 53 percent of people polled in the Americas region think that checking Facebook and other social media websites hampers productivity at work. The study also revealed how different generations interact online.

Of people polled around the world, roughly 43 percent feel that social media is hazardous to working. Click through the report — it’s colorful and easy-to-read — to find some other interesting tidbits. Our sister blog, AllTwitter, has also written about the report.

Some select pieces of data:

  • 28 percent of those in Generation Y, comprising today’s youngest workers, feel that it’s OK to share opinions regarding work through social media. Only 16 percent of Baby Boomers agreed with that.
  • 18 percent of those polled in Asian/Pacific countries say they’ve been told to stop using social media at work. Only 6 percent of people polled in the Americas say they’ve been blocked.
  • 32 percent of Gen Y’ers say they use social media to look for jobs.
  • 36 percent of people in the IT field said they use social media in their job search.
  • 36 percent of Generation Y members say it’s OK to check Facebook and other social media sites at work, compared with 19 percent of Baby Boomers.


Readers: How often do you check Facebook at work? Are you scared of punishment from your supervisor?

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