A newsflash published by Slashdot mentions an article in the IBTimes where it is referring to the findings of a research done by researchers at the University of Maryland. The researchers “asked 200 students to give up all media for one full day (and) found that after 24 hours many showed signs of withdrawal, craving and anxiety along with an inability to function well without their media and social links”.
I have a clear and unambiguous opinion regarding the real penetration of serious social media in the workplace. Using Twitter and Facebook is by no mean a substitute for serious and main stream modes of communication. Having read the results of the above research I seriously wonder whether the results published by various Social-Media-Proponents reflect hype associated with a similar crowd associated with the above study.
In other words, the results obtained in previously published studies, are a mere reflection of the attitudes shown in the Maryland study, which suggests that they are a reflection of an addictive attitude towards the use of Social Media, rather than a serious consideration of the usefulness and appropriateness of using these tool-sets in the corporate environment!
Makes perfect sense to me!