No Facebook, No Job

Last Updated Jun 17, 2008 1:29 PM EDT

173026681_2904c8339b_m.jpgWould you quit your job if (horrors) your company said you couldn't play on Facebook during the workday? Believe it or not, more than a third of 18-to-24-year-olds would consider jumping ship, while 21 percent more said they'd be "annoyed" by a ban.

It's even worse in Australia, where almost half of those using MySpace and Facebook during work hours say they'd refuse a job that didn't offer them access to the social-networking sites.

Oh, those poor beleaguered workers. How dare their employer -- you know, the one who signs the paycheck -- make decisions about what they can and can't do at the office! How dare their evil bosses tell them they can't poke their friends at will, instead of working! It's a sign of the Apocalypse, I tell you!

I'm sorry, but did I miss a memo somewhere? The one that said you should be entitled to do whatever you want on the job, regardless of how it impacts your employer? As Ann All recently said, grow up. Companies ban Facebook to improve productivity (if you're writing on someone's wall, you're not writing a report) and to save bandwidth. They don't do just to be nasty or to curtail your freedom of speech.

A poll last year showed that nearly half of businesses in the U.S. restrict employee access to social-networking sites for productivity and security concerns. That number is probably climbing. So with a recession looming, I wonder which option the Facebook-entitled will choose in the months to come: employment, or entertainment?

(image by greefus groinks via Flickr, CC 2.0)

  • CC Holland

    CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for and writes regularly for and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.