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This Is Your Brain On Social Media

Social media is everywhere. As hard as many of you are trying to deny it, social media is here to stay. It has changed the way we do business. It has changed the way we market our business. It has changed the way we communicate with each other. We can debate whether this is good or bad if you want, but the fact remains that social media isn’t going away. Those of you who are still in denial, you know who you are and there are far too many of you, would be far better served by acknowledging reality and getting on board the train to your future success.

If you’re like the hundreds of millions of others in the world, it’s likely you participate on at least one social network on a regular basis. You’re likely to have a Facebook page. Maybe you get your news from Twitter or you pin photos on Pinterest. Regardless of how you participate, we know you participate. And, for many, social media is available to them on their computer, their smartphone and their tablet.

So, what would you give up to keep your access to social media? Studies show that younger generations believe their access to social media at work is more important than their salary. Some actually report that if they were to be prohibited from logging into Facebook at work, they would decline the position. Unbelievable? Take a look at the following infographic provided to us by Online Courses and see how much we love social media and why.

Your Brain on Social Media Infographic




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  • BradFriedman's picture
    Dec 28 Posted 2 years ago BradFriedman

    You raise many valid points. I'm surprised you didn't also consider that people don't always access social media at work only for personal reasons. Employers restricting access to social media sites might also be viewed as employers who aren't using social media to market their own business. Or, maybe they aren't including the entire workforce in the marketing process. Seems like employees could be accessing social media for business purposes some of the time too!

  • Dec 28 Posted 2 years ago cloverneiberg

    I agree.To amplify on this, I would take restriction of social media viewing while at work a symptom of other, deeper problems. For that reason, it would likely be a deal-breaker for me.

    When I think of the kinds of employers that would restrict access to social media at work, I imagine (rightly or not) that they'd be likely to micromanage their employees' time and workflow in other ways, something that can make for a very unpleasant work environment.

    I'd also be inclined to think that the company had an inaccurate and negative perception of social media and wasn't open-minded about new technologies and new platforms for communication.

    Finally, I'd suspect that the company didn't have the same outlook toward work-life balance that I do. I show up early, I stay late, and I take my laptop home on the weekends to get additional work done. I'm always available by phone or email, and gladly step up in an off-hours crisis. And I don't think twice about breaking up my workday by wasting a little time on Facebook. I think this is a pretty common outlook.

  • BradFriedman's picture
    Dec 26 Posted 2 years ago BradFriedman

    Hi Kent. Happy Holidays! You raise a good point!

  • Kent Ong's picture
    Dec 26 Posted 2 years ago Kent Ong

    Access to social media at work is more important than salary??? In this no money, no talk world?? It is not social media, I think. It is freedom at work.