Almost three quarters of London’s office workers happily check their news feeds on social sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter while in meetings, according to a new survey.
Carried out by LondonOffices.com, a website that aims to help companies find suitable work space, the research revealed how 71% of staff based in the capital like to keep up to date on social media while taking part in a meeting.
According to the International Business Times, some of the respondents said that the nature of their work required them to constantly keep in touch with trends on networks like Twitter.
Speaking about the survey results, a spokesperson from LondonOffices.com said that, since social media is playing an increasingly significant role in our day-to-day lives and people are now accustomed to receiving regular live updates, it’s natural for users to quickly feel “out of the loop”.
Speaking further, they said the availability of smartphones has made the various social platforms “much more accessible”.
However, while the majority of respondents said they would happily browse social sites during meetings at work, only a small minority (7%) said they would tweet at this time. Fewer still (around 3%) said they had posted a new Facebook status, and nearly all of the respondents (99%) said they would not play games on their smartphones while in a meeting.
Conversely, separate research has found that journalists in the UK are using social media less now than they were three years ago. Canterbury Christ Church University and PR software firm Cision found that, while the majority of British journalists use social media in a professional capacity, the number using it for four or more hours each day declined from 24% in 2012 to 13% last year.
According to PR Week, the findings suggest that, rather than being less reliant on social channels, journalists are now using sites like Twitter and Facebook for specific tasks, rather than being continuously logged on to them.