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Many favour workplace social networking ban

Published: Friday, 25 April 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Two-thirds of people support a ban on Facebook, MySpace and Bebo in the workplace, a new poll has suggested.

Research from Ciao Surveys found that 65.9 per cent of respondent believe that employees should be barred from accessing such social networking websites during their normal hours.

Only 42.1 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24 favour a ban, compared to 78.7 per cent of over 55s. This reflects the fact that more than 90 per cent of the younger age group use these sites, whereas 39.6 per cent of those aged 55 or over do the same.

The survey found that over half of people in Britain are members of MySpace or another similar site. Despite this only ten per cent visit these pages when at their private or public sector jobs.

Facebook was the most popular site with 36.9 per cent holding one or more accounts, followed by Friends Reunited on 27.5 per cent and MySpace with 19.4 per cent.
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