This Just In: People like Facebook and YouTube

cubicle Almost 40 percent of 18 to 24 year-old office workers said that they would consider leaving their jobs if their access to Facebook and other popular web sites was blocked from their work computers.

The survey was given to 1,000 office workers and included other sites as well, YouTube being one of them, according to

The survey by IT services firm Telindus found that 39 per cent of 18 to 24 year-olds would consider leaving if they were not allowed to access applications like Facebook and YouTube.

A further 21 per cent indicated that they would feel ‘annoyed’ by such a ban.

The problem is less acute with 25 to 65 year-olds, of whom just 16 per cent would consider leaving and 13 per cent would be annoyed.

It’s kind of a catch-22 for companies who want happy, productive workers. But which comes first, worker happiness or production? An office with no outside access to the Internet would be pretty brutal, I’d think, but there’s plenty of stuff on the net to see that’s much more fun than working. Would you quit your job if your company blocked access to certain popular web sites? Does your company already do that?