Using Social Media at Work: How Much is Too Much?

The ability to effectively multi-task is a sought-after quality in the workplace. While it’s true that the human brain can’t do two or more things simultaneously, it’s essential to be able to switch seamlessly and quickly between tasks. After all, most employees will have multiple windows open on their browser when they are at the office.


You’ll have a Word document open in one window, several tabs active in the browser for the topic you’re researching, plus a PowerPoint slide presentation in progress off to the side. But wait, what’s this? A Facebook notification appears on the screen. You’re psyched that someone LOLed at your latest post. That sure is a powerful hit of dopamine to rival the espresso you polished off only a few hours ago. You refresh the browser and wait until a new comment appears on the post. Refresh, lol, repeat. You glance at the clock. Two hours have passed, and now you’re behind on that PowerPoint presentation! What to do?

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