Posts tagged ‘study’

February 16, 2011

Social Media Statistics: You May Be Surprised

I find social media research entirely intriguing, so when I stumbled upon the following report, I was almost giddy. Check some of these out and tell me your heart rate doesn’t increase even a little:



  • Chicago was the fastest growing city on Facebook in terms of usage in 2010. Houston was a close second. (
  • During the average 20-minute period in 2010, there were: 1,5870,000 wall posts, 2,716,000 photos uploaded and 10,208,000 comments posted. (
  • Indonesia has the second largest population on Facebook.




All Social Media

  • The change in social media use among Baby Boomers 55-64 rose from 9% in Dec. 2008 to 43% in Dec. 2010 ( via David Erickson)
  • Social networking site usage grew 88 percent among Internet users aged 55-64 between April 2009 and May 2010 (Pew Research)

Source: 16 Social Media Statistics that May Surprise You, Arik Hanson

November 5, 2010

The workplace needs more high fives.

Think about your average work day. Even if you love what you do (even if just some or most of the time), chances are you anticipate talking around the “water cooler” (ha, I love vintage references) with your co-workers. After all, we aren’t robots…yet.

A recent study aimed at finding a correlation between workplace downtime and productivity.

The study of 130 employees in a range of careers, from sales to management, measured their level of enthusiasm and positive feelings about their work after interactions with co-workers. Each day for five days they were asked what was the most positive thing they had done, whether they had shared that experience with other people at work, and about how their co-workers responded.

Findings suggest that good news in ones personal life didn’t lead to enhanced work performance, but positive responses from co-workers did improve work performance.

“When you receive an enthusiastic or encouraging response from your co-workers, you will be happier with your job, and this will tend to lead you to act in ways that benefit the organization,” she said. For example, you might go to some trouble to help out another co-worker, defend the company against criticism, or even volunteer for an event to build employee morale.

Employers should recognize how positive relationships among employees positively impacts workplace morale.

Photo Credit: Gin_Soak, Flickr

What do you think: When’s the last time you celebrated or enjoyed non work-related information with your co-workers while at the office? When’s the last time you high-fived a co-worker?