Facebook hampers growth??? How!!

This is going to be a debatable topic. Some time back, I had read an article about whether access to social networking sites like facebook, twitter, etc should be restricted in offices or not. Different people had different views regarding this. Currently I am working as an R&D Engineer in an MNC and few days back we were asked not to use facebook during working hours(although the access is not restricted) as it "hampers" productivity and growth. Again I would say, different people can have different views regarding the same. This is what I think:
There was facebook when I completed my schooling with a good percentage in XII, got selected in a popular engineering college, managed a decent aggregate in semester exams and finally got selected in a core company of my choice of domain. I don't think facebook ever hampered my progress. On the contrary, it always helped me to keep in touch with my school and college friends, teachers, relatives and cousins i.e. people I would otherwise not meet or talk to very often. Elder people somehow feel that youngsters are addicted to facebook these days. But according to me, facebook is not an addiction. It has become a part of our lives, much like a cell phone, computer, television etc. Like there are some people who are addicted to cell phone, computer, television etc, there are facebook addicts too. But this cannot be generalized to all the facebook users. People who are professionals, are responsible enough to understand their priorities. They are no fools who would take a stroll on facebook at the cost of their work and deadlines. I don't think it is justified to dictate such terms to them. Hence I feel employees should be given the liberty to access social networking sites at work.

What do you think??

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  1. I use to feel the same way 4 years back when I joined the professional world.My company categorically banned all social n/wing sites.Me and all my peers were absolutely miffed.But now I realize that there may be a point to blocking all those sites.They do tend to distract employees.Time which could be used elsewhere to deliver tasks before deadlines get used in FB and chatting.This blocking of sites first started in US companies which found out employees spend considerable time on sites like FB at office.:-D All said and done,I do know I sound like a silly old acerbic kill-joy here.But well,I just thought of sharing what I know and feel.:-)

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    1. Well, spending considerable amount of time on such sites is not right... however, i don't find anything wrong in checking my account once a day if time permits... But yes, curtailing the time of important work for Fb is certainly wrong...

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  2. It's been 9 months since I logged in to facebook.. Completely isolated myself from fb. Fb is a time sucker..

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    1. Again I would say, Fb "becomes" a time sucker if you spend considerable time on it...

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    2. Ya just for checking friends updates and relaxing a bit.. but u know, many people are addicted to fb, first thing they open after reaching office is fb. Now, no company likes that.

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    3. I agree.. but if a person completes the work assigned to him well in time, without violating any deadlines, then it shouldn't be a problem..

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