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Who Needs a Computer To Get Social Anymore?

For years sociology and psychology experts have worried about people throwing themselves into virtual worlds inside of their computers .  It has been a concern that people were losing their social skills by sitting in front of their computers and not interacting with people in real time situations.  Wonder what they think now that you can do all of those computer activities from just about anywhere in the world?

twitterpeekIn mid-November, the Xbox 360 console got the ability for users to interact with their Facebook, Last.fm and Twitter accounts.  According to statistics released on Nov. 28th, nearly two million people logged into their Facebook accounts in the first week, and over 120 million minutes of music was streamed via Last.fm, as well as over a half million new accounts were created.  (no statistics were released for Twitter)  While some of these high usage numbers can surely be chalked up to “oh, look, something new!”, these numbers are still pretty high when you consider you are interacting with social media sites in a totally non-traditional, and unfamiliar, format.

Social media is slowly creeping its way into every corner of our lives; the umbilical cord that tied us only to our computer has been cut.  Our phones are inundated with social media applications, we can text message updates to Twitter and we have even seen mobile devices built specifically for accessing social sites such as the TwitterPeek.  You almost have to ponder if we even need the computer in the equation any more.

And that is really why we bring this up.  According to a recent survey conducted by Deloitte, 58 percent of the teens questioned in the survey said they would consider their ability to access social networks when mulling over a job offer.  We hate to inform these teens, but according to a recent survey by Robert Half Technology, things aren’t looking good for your social media access.

A question was posed to 1400 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) of companies with 100 or more employees, “Which of the following most closely describes your company’s policy on visiting social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, while at work?” Their responses:

  • Prohibited completely 54%
  • Permitted for business purposes only 19%
  • Permitted for limited personal use 16%
  • Permitted for any type of personal use 10%
  • Don’t know/no answer 1%

In short: don’t be holding your breath, teens.

This is where all of these other ways to access social media comes in.  Sure you aren’t going to have your Xbox 360 with you at work, but it just goes to show social media is being crammed into every imaginable device.  In the meantime, grab your iPhone, maybe a TwitterPeek (although our review thought the device was pretty silly) and access you accounts on your terms … just not during work hours.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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