When it comes to work and productivity, is social media really so evil?

According to DeskTime, social media, and especially Facebook, is on the top of the most-used unproductive apps in 2014. Together, time spent on social networks accounts for about half of all of the unproductive time spent at work.

Salary.com did a survey to find out what employees themselves consider their top time wasters at work, and 14% named social media, which ranked them the socond, right after the news. It’s been calculated that allowing social networks at work, company loses up to $ 28 billion on productivity-loss per year.

Even if used for work related purposes, social media does not guarantee effectiveness, as not everything you find there is reliable and true, which can double the time spent on certain tasks. Besides, studies show that social networking can also be addictive, create anxiety, decrease your motivation, and even cause irresponsible behavior.

And while there are strong arguments that social media is bad for your productivity, there are equally serious studies proving the opposite. Researches show that social media is able to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between employees, as well as enhances work-related learning. While allowing workers to waste some time on social media helps for keeping up the work-life balance. And when feeling balanced, relaxed and happy, employees perform better, are more creative and motivated.

Here’s the full list of pro’s and con’s of social media at work, presented in an infographic. So decide for yourself!

DT infographic

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