Social Networking at Work

Many adults like to jump on social networking sites while at work. However, some companies have strict rules against logging in to social networking sites like Facebook, even when employees are on break or lunch.

DiMicco et al. (2008) conducted a study of people using social networking sites while at work. They found that the workers actually used the sites to communicate and maintain relationships on a personal level with their co-workers, especially with those whom they had weak relationships with. Workers also used the sites to promote their different work-related projects.

Perhaps it’s not always a bad idea to limit people’s social networking–after all, having strong relationships with coworkers helps to retain employees.

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