REPORT: 20% of Americans Are Blocked from Facebook at Work

BlockedHas your employer blocked you from using social media at work? While the debate as to the usefulness of sites like Facebook at work rages on, one in five Americans can’t access the site at work. Nearly 15% are cut out from Twitter, too, while on company time, with sites like YouTube, Pinterest, and LinkedIn being blocked at rates not much lower. Interestingly, employers also block personal email sites nearly 10% of the time, too!

The chart above shows data from a survey conducted by Statista and Mashable, polling 1,021 full-time and part-time employees in the U.S.
Do you think having access to social media and email at work helps or hurts your productivity?

Daniel Zeevi

By Daniel Zeevi

Daniel is a social network architect, web developer, infographic designer, writer, speaker and founder of DashBurst. Full-time futurist and part-time content curator, always on the hunt for disruptive new technology, creative art and web humor.


  1. You’re on company time. You get paid to work, not to play on social networks, so I can understand why employers would do this. I think for some people it’s a huge hit to their productivity, especially those who have to check all day long!

  2. I agree with Charnita Detrece Morring-Fance. While you are at work, you are being paid to complete tasks, not check your social life. Most people probably have smartphones where they can check their social networks, anyway. My work only bans YouTube, but allows employees to access most other social networks.

  3. You have to follow your company rules and if you’re not the boss respect work time. Most people don’t get paid to be on social media at work. The dumbest I ever seen is people foolish enough to be friend with their boss on facebook and worst liking their boss posts commenting sharing during working time while they at work lol Now the boss and clients knows when they are on facebook not working Very unprofessionals

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