@Barbara you're right that employees can find many ways to be distracted at work -- even without computers to help them. But I believe that the companies that block FB do it not just because of distraction but because of liability for what goes through their computers. Emails also get monitored at some places.
Andy: I agree, good conversation and to your point: of course it is a management problem. But what ever happened to judgment? For example, your typical professional should realize when Facebook becomes a distraction at work. But then, we have companies that block it just to avoid that issue. I see this as a symptom of a bigger problem: the nanny state (or nanny employer). New York state wants to tell us what to eat and drink, our companies decide if Facebook is bad or good. People determined to be distracted will find a distraction no matter what form it takes.
@Bolaji & @Nemos & @Adeniji -- Fascinating convo between you guys. The possibility of a world without email and Facebook is actually pretty probable. New and better things replace their older counterparts...that's just the cycle. And if for some reason we stall and do not move forward, monetary and legal challenges will encourage more Facebook competition for eyes, and the collective concience will eventually shift to other things. It has happened before and will do so again It's isn't really a question of 'if' but a question of 'when'.
@Wale Bakare & @tirlapur -- Its true, the issue of social networking taking employee time and reducing productivity is a big one. But is it really a Facebook issue? Or even a Social Media issue? I think we are describing a people and a management issue there. An employee who gets distracted to the point of disruption by Facebook could just as easily have been distracted by Yahoo or Wikipedia. I think we jump to blame Social too often for this phenomenon, when the real issue is trust and boundaries set by employers.
Thanks as always for continuing the conversation guys!
"I am sure I would miss them but believe me I can do without them and won't regret it either"
@Bolaji: As an individual we might learn to accept the loss of technology and deal with it but corporations these days rely more on systems than humans. What about that aspect? Do you think companies can work in the same way without any technology?
As you said "we have come this far and there is no going back," and I believe that it is the same for Facebook also , in the coming years we will use Facebook more as a tool (communication) than as a "game".
@Adeniji, It's always possible to go back. It's not always our preferred choice but to swap the new for the old isn't as negative as you and I may imagine. Emails make things go faster but zoom is not necessarily the best for many people.
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