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Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imageFacebook, the popular social networking site, offers its users a test to estimate its popularity. It is called ‘How addicted are you to Facebook’. Arnab Chatterjee is 92 per cent addicted. Chaterjee works with a private radio station and his status updates on Facebook changes every five minutes. From the long queue outside the lavatory that he had to endure to a review of the recent blockbuster ‘Avatar’, Chaterjee has a lot to say.

But this activity might be costing his radio station a lot of money. According to a survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry office employees spend an hour daily on sites like Facebook, Orkut leading to a 12. 5 per cent productivity loss. The survey questioned 4,000 employees between the age of 21 and 60 in major Indian cities. Four in every 10 workers built their profile on these sites during work hours. Eighty per cent did not find it unethical to surf during office hours and were annoyed if their surfing was interrupted.

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