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Graduates spend lunchtime networking

Published: Thursday, 04 October 2007   Category: Life after graduation

A rising number of graduates, and other office workers, are spending most of their lunchtime on Facebook and MySpace, new research has revealed.

Peninsula, the law specialists who conducted the survey, claim that workers are so obsessed with social networking that the average time spent at lunch during a week is now two hours - down from five hours in 2002.

Commenting on the findings, Alan Price at Peninsula said: "Five years ago, there were fewer social networking sites for employees to browse and less shopping sites than there are in today's internet society.

"Employees didn’t have a reason to stay at their desk; they preferred to leave the office where they spent most of their day."

The research also showed that 80 per cent of employees favoured working through their lunch breaks in order to leave work early.

Mr Price added: "Many employees that we spoke to would prefer to work through their lunch so they can finish earlier.

"Pressures from work, impending deadlines and other factors of the job have also had an impact on whether employees take lunch hours or not."ADNFCR-1068-ID-18305311-ADNFCR

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