Britons Spend More Time on Facebook, Myspace Than European Counterparts

by VR Sreeraman on Sep 10 2008 6:00 PM

With the demand of social networking sites growing worldwide, a new research has found that British bosses are more likely to curb the use Facebook and MySpace than their European counterparts.

According to a report by Ofcom, Britons spend more time on social networking sites than any of their European neighbours.

The report revealed that almost 40 per cent of British adults with internet access were found to use social networking sites compared with 22 per cent in Italy, 17 per cent in France and 12 per cent in Germany, reports Telegraph.

With Brit workers devoting 5.3 hours a month to sites like Facebook, the research has revealed that 35 percent of UK businesses prohibit their staff to go online to chat with friends or share photographs, making them the strictest in Europe.

On the contrary, the author of 'The Living Dead', which examines staff motivation, David Bolchover, stated that ban on networking sites can bounce back.

"In a large company, it's quite easy to hide the fact that you're not working. If you ban access to networking sites, workers who want to take a break will easily find another way," he said.

"Too many managers are still living in the factory era where productivity increases with time spent working a machine. For the modern worker, productivity has nothing to do with long hours on the job, but flows from an active and motivated mind."

"This motivation is sure to plummet by being treated like a naughty schoolchild," he added.