Older Employees Use Social Networking More Than Younger Ones

According to Baseline Magazine, “Younger employees’ use of social and collaborative technology actually lags behind that of older workers, according to a new survey from Citrix Online.” Interesting! So, us “Baby Boomer” geeks are more sociable than our younger “Gen Y” counterparts! Wow. Guess they are anti-social! Maybe it is because we remember social interaction with other humans before we were linked only by machines. Though some of us (like the Doctor) are more comfortable with machines (computers) than hooo-mons!

Surprising Trends in Social Media

“Younger employees’ use of social and collaborative technology actually lags behind that of older workers, according to a new survey from Citrix Online. The most enthusiastic adopters of social tools are older Baby Boomers, defined in the survey as those 55 years or older. These workers are texting and networking online in far greater numbers than their younger counterparts. The survey also focuses on generational attitudes about meetings and other workplace topics, and measures American attitudes against those held in other nations. ‘The workforce is more dispersed and mobile than ever,’ says Bernardo de Albergaria, vice president and general manager of global marketing and ecommerce at Citrix Online. ‘There is some tension with the findings between the way people actually work and the communication methods they think are most effective. Things are in flux.’ Forrester Consulting conducted the survey for Citrix, overseeing an online survey of nearly 800 information workers evenly split among the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Australia.”

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