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Social Media Distractions Are Costing Businesses Major Money

Published by pratyushkp on May 30th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

How many times each day are you distracted by social media, email or instant messages?

According to a recent survey from social email software provider, you and other employees are blowing $10,375 in productivity each year, and all because we don’t disconnect from an online chat quickly enough, or we get sidetracked by a bulging email inbox, or we fall into a Facebook hole of photos, updates and messages.

In a survey of more than 500 employees in U.S. businesses of all sizes, found that at companies with more than 1,000 employees, these kinds of digital distractions can waste more than $10 million each year.

And in this social media-obsessed age, typical water cooler banter and pointless meetings are no longer the greatest time-wasters at work. Almost 60% of workplace distractions involve social networks, text messaging, IMs or email. In fact, navigating between multiple tabs and windows to keep an eye on a wide variety of apps is a huge distraction in itself.

In the end, almost half of the employees in this study said they worked just 15 minutes or less without getting interrupted or distracted. More than half said they wasted at least one hour every day day due to distraction.

Yaacov Cohen is a co-founder and the CEO of In an email, he wrote that the survey results were particularly ironic.

“Information technology that was designed at least in part to save time is actually doing precisely the opposite. The very tools we rely on to do our jobs are also interfering with that mission. We’re clearly seeing what psychologists call ‘online compulsive disorder’ spill over from our personal lives to the work environment.”

Here are the greatest digital distractions noted in the survey:

  • Email processing: 23%
  • Switching windows to complete tasks: 10%
  • Personal online activities such as Facebook: 9%
  • Instant messaging: 6%
  • Texting: 5%
  • Web search: 3%

While these distractions are money-wasters for companies, they also negatively effect individuals’ ability to creatively solve problems, think deeply about work-related issues, efficiently process information and meet deadlines.

Does digital distraction have an impact on how you work? In the comments let us know how Facebook, IMs and email hamper or help you in the office — and what steps you might have taken to minimize distractions.

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  • Social Media Distractions Are Costing Businesses Major Money [STUDY] (
  • Social Networks Distract at Work. Seriously. (
  • How Much Do Workplace Distractions Cost Businesses? [Infographic] (
  • Social Media Distraction costs (
  • Does Twitter bring you Klout? (part 3) (
  • Social Media Set to Explode (
  • Social Networks Distract at Work. Seriously (
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Facebook Introduces A Innovative Messaging System

Published by pratyushkp on November 16th, 2010 - in Social, Technology

Facebook’s innovative service seeks to integrate text messages, emails, instant messages and Facebook messages all in one place online.

Facebook’s new service which was dubbed by critics a G-mail killer turns out to be an innovation of sorts. To be known as “modern messaging system” a term, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has given to the new service he has launched, which will combine text messages, emails and instant messages all under one umbrella.

Mark Zukerberg refused to call the new service a e-mail killer, and stressed on the same. According to Zuckerberg “It’s true that people will be able to have a email addresses, but it’s not email.”

To be rolled out to its 500 million users in the coming days, the new service known as Modern Messaging System, will allow all external e-mail, text messaging, instant messages and Facebook’s existing internal messaging service to be deposited into one feed known as a social inbox allowing users to reply in any way they want. Thus simplifying and allowing users to chose their mode of communication whether it is through text, instant messages, online chat or email. User can adjust their privacy settings to combat spam. Users who adjust their privacy settings to accept messages from only their friends only, will have all other emails sent from other sources to be deposited into another inbox.

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