A recent survey shows that soon-to-be college graduates would trade a higher salary for the opportunity to play on Facebook during the workday.
Here is some relatively startling news: a new study reveals that many college students put potential employers’ social network policies above their financial compensation when deciding what job to take.
The study focused on 2,800 college students and young adults between the ages of 21-29. One in three of those asked claimed that a flexible social media policy was more important to them than financial compensation.
The upshot is that, apparently, the young people would rather have the opportunity to play on Facebook during the workday than to get paid more.
As Alyssa Rosengarden notes, many of those entering the job market have, for their entire (more-or-less-)adult lives, interacted constantly with their friends and families through social networking sites. So, in one sense, it is no surprise that they aren’t prepared to relegate this interaction to the 5-10pm hours.
It is hard to say whether, on balance, we should take this as good news. On the one hand, it’s nice that young people aren’t prioritizing scads of money over regular interpersonal connection. On the other hand, it seems like what the survey has really uncovered is that college students would prefer a job at which they’re not expected to work all day, and while that’s hardly anything new, it’s not the most attractive thing I’ve ever heard, either.
At any rate, it certainly comes to me as news. Perhaps to you as well.