Does social media use at work lower productivity?

Joseph Vithayathil, Majid Dadgar, J. Kalu Osiri

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We conducted an empirical study that analysed the relationship between the use of social media at work and project success at work. This study adds to the emerging literature on the impact of social media use on organisational outcomes. We found that only one of the four popular social media platforms studied adds value to the workplace. Specifically, we found the use of Facebook at work, whether controlling for age, gender and education or not, to be negatively associated with project success. The use of LinkedIn (with the controls) and the use of other social media (without the controls) were both found to be positively associated with work project success. Other social media was used to capture all other social media platforms, including firm-specific or work-specific social media platforms. We explained our results using social network analysis (SNA), the strength of weak ties and information diffusion theories. Our findings have implications for practice, policy and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-67
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Information Technology and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020


  • Project success
  • SNA
  • Social media usage
  • Social network analysis
  • Strength of weak ties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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