Gordon says the current crop of innovations, like smartphone apps, may be making life easier or more fun, but they’re not making workers significantly more productive.
Blinder goes a step further, listing some distractions that may subtract from productivity: “Things like … tweeting, Snapchatting, things that to me are unlikely to raise industrial productivity and may, by the way, reduce that. I’m thinking of things like Facebooking when on the job and other things like that.”
Here we have an economist blaming the use of social media during working hours for lost productivity. Earlier in the article, it was stated that during the is century, American worker productivity has increased only marginally. I have a a question: who exactly is doing social media at work?
I might be wrong, and you can say so if you believe so, but it is mostly women who are interested in social media. Sure, fellas might check up on how friends or relatives are doing, but it is the women who drive it. It is built in; females are interested in what everybody else is doing, and social media allows them to feast. When I was a kid, the house telephone would ring, and nobody would make a move to answer it. We would wait for my older sister to pick it up to talk to her girlfriends. The topic of course, was people at school. At the time I wondered how anybody could care so much about such silliness. In the modern day, I have a niece who while doing her job gets bored, and she runs off to Facebook to see what is happening.
This desire in women is apparently a beast that can’t be tamed. Facebook places it on steroids. Is there anything comparable for the fellas? Well that depends… Perhaps video games are the closest. Guys love to play them. They satisfy an urge. They result in lost productivity and stunted development, as we have been told endlessly. To be honest, there really doesn’t seem to be that much difference between social media and video games with respect to the results.
Still, guys get scolded, and gals do not. The above NPR article is the first that I have seen that kind of cast social media in a bad light sort of. The author seems to be unwilling to go the extra mile and say what really needs to be said.