Have you ever checked a social media site during a meeting at work?
Perhaps slyly, peeking at your smartphone under the desk?
If so, you’re far from alone, as a new study has revealed that almost three-quarters of us check platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during meetings.
The survey, which was conducted by LondonOffices.com and polled 1,000 office workers, found that 71 percent of respondents admitted to looking at social media sites on their phones during work meetings.
Twitter was the favoured app for checking up on live events, cited by 28 percent of office workers. About one in ten will look at multiple social networks, and one percent even admitted to taking selfies on Instagram and Snapchat.
Conversely, 99 percent said that playing games on their phones during meetings was unacceptable.
Boredom was given as one of the main reasons for this behaviour.
“When a meeting drags on longer than it needs to, it’s pretty hard to resist scrolling through your newsfeed under your desk,” said one respondent.
“The rise in the numbers of smartphones has made our social media channels much more accessible. We no longer need to sit in front of the computer to become updated. Now we have platforms such as Facebook and Twitter quite literally in the palm of our hands,” said a spokesperson for Londonoffices.com.
“Many employers may view this as a headache but in some technology and marketing sectors, the use of social media in meetings is actively encouraged.”