Study: Bosses use social media at work more than employees

Anyone who’s ever tried to hide their Facebook use at work should take heart in this news: Your boss may be looking at social media during office hours more than you are.

A new study by researchers in Norway, published recently in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, surveyed more than 11,000 employees about their views on cyber-slacking at work.

It found that top-level managers were more likely to disapprove of looking at social media sites during office hours, despite research that has shown its advantages.

Yet they also reported spending significantly more time on such sites at work than those who sit lower on the pecking order.

Why the contradiction?

The researchers weren’t sure, but they speculated in a piece posted on an Association for Psychological Science blog that it could be because top managers have relatively longer working hours.

Also possible: They may be more interested in social media as a way of promoting their careers than those who are in non-managerial roles.

Or – perhaps most likely – they’re less fearful of losing their jobs.

Unsurprisingly, younger people are more apt to use social media at work, as are single people (versus those in a relationship) and people with higher education levels.

Men, the study found, spend more time on social media at work than women do.

Personality types

The study also claims to be the first to look at what kind of personality types check social media most often on the job. 

The researchers asked a few personality questions in the survey to help label the respondents as one of five personality types: extroverted, neurotic, agreeable, conscientious or intellect/imagination.

Extroverts and neurotics were most likely to say they think it’s okay to spend time on Facebook and Twitter at work; they also reported actually spending more time doing so.

Source: Washington Post