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How social media ruins your productivity

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05.07.2019

Pet hates of the moment: When people cross the street with their heads bowed in reverence to their smartphone rather than checking for cars either side of them. When people bump into you on the street because they’re staring at a screen and not at their footsteps. When people drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other on a device despite their kids sitting in the back seat.

Pet hates include when people bump into you on the street because they’re staring at a screen and not at their footsteps.Credit:Louie Douvis

What do those pet hates have in common?

Addiction. Less of an addiction to phones themselves and more of an addiction to the apps within them – apps that have their masters beholden to the social media governing their time, attention, safety and, according to fresh research, their performance at work.

Of course, some of this social media use is positive, even in the workplace. You only need to glance at the power of LinkedIn to see evidence of its effectiveness at reconnecting colleagues, cultivating job offers and stimulating collaboration. Or for those who........

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