Are social network fanatics less ethical?
Originally posted on Gigaom:
If asked to imagine the possible drawbacks of our seemingly ever-increasing impulse to connect online via social networks, most of us would probably suggest the dubious, time-wasting attractions of the likes of FarmVille or even the relationship-ruining potential of these services (one in three divorces in the UK last year cited Facebook). But a new survey suggests another more-surprising possible drawback of heavy social network use: lower ethical standards.
The 2011 National Business Ethics Survey is the seventh such report published periodically by the Ethics Resource Center, but this year’s edition turned up something unexpected. According ERC, “active social networkers,” which the organization defines as those who spend at least 30 percent of their workdays on social networking activities and who make up about 11 percent of employees who engage in social networking,
are much more likely than non-networking colleagues to accept behaviors that have traditionally been considered to be “questionable” or marginal behaviors (e.g., keeping copies of confidential work documents for use in a future job, personal use of the company credit card, taking home company software).