In other news, water is wet.

As millenials, we get a pretty bad reputation for being lazy and addicted to technology, with the stereotype held by older generations that we can’t go more than an hour without checking our smartphones. We’ll protest it until we’re blue in the face, but we all secretly know it’s true.

Depressingly, a recent study carried out by recruitment specialists Ajilon found that us checking our social media and playing Pokemon GO (no, really) could be costing our employers some cash. The study used a sample of 2,000 in the US and found that those of us aged 18-34 were the worst culprits for tweeting on company time. Whilst, the survey noted, that it’s expected that we take a wee second to check our phones a few times a day, it found that 75% of us regularly check our social media platforms at work, with participants spending an average of 33 minutes per working day on their smartphones. The Ajilon poll further found that 13% of us regularly spend over an hour of each working day on personal social media accounts. News which genuinely did surprise us, however, was that 27% of those surveyed admitted that they have played the popular augmented reality game, Pokemon GO, at work. Instagram we can understand, but Diglett at your desk is just sad.

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As much as we collectively *duh* at this news, it’s actually starting to really piss off the people we work for. With the average hourly wage in the UK standing at about £13.50, we could be costing our employers over £3,500 a year due to our love of social media. “When evaluating social media usage at work, the financial impact is astonishing,” Tisha Danehl, vice president at Ajilon, said in a press release. “Social media is here to stay and mobile platforms are only getting smarter, so employers must establish clear policies in order to keep employees productive and engaged at the office.” 

There is currently talk amongst high-level business big-wigs both in the UK & across the pond to implement social media best practice guidelines in order to curb our enthusiasm for hashtags & selfies.