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Is social media killing productivity in the workplace? Yep – big time

Submitted by on December 20, 2012 – 8:20 amNo Comment

Firstly, don’t panic. This article is addressing the use of personal social media in the workplace, not social media integrated into business operations, so full steam ahead with that (don’t wait three years, like these guys).

But yes, the use of personal social media at work is having a massive impact on productivity. According to, which compiled the infographic below, American students and workers take a whopping 23 minutes to get back on task after receiving a single social notification. So just one @ reply stands to throw a spanner in a whole morning’s work. This adds up to a $650 billion bill for the American economy each year. Ouch. How does your company compare?


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