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Don't teach Facebook and Twitter in school, say 71%

Cliff Saran

Seventy-one per cent of UK workers believe that teaching social media technologies such as Twitter and blogging in schools is inappropriate, according to a survey of almost 2,000 adults conducted by YouGov on behalf of Open Text.

However, 20% of survey respondents agreed that a corporate Facebook would be better than their existing platform for sharing information and collaborating on projects at work with customers, colleagues and partners. Six per cent said they would not take a job if social media tools were not made available to them.

Craig Hepburn, director of social strategy at Open Text, said, "While people are happy to use social media applications in the working environment, they are unhappy about them being taught in school. However, these tools could well be the future of business, you only have to look at the growth of business social media site LinkedIn - which now has over 40 million members - to see the importance of these applications and the fact they will play a big part in future generations' personal and professional lives."

Most respondents who saw positives in social media in the workplace were in the age groups 18-24 and 25-34.

A recent survey showed that more than half of school children use Facebook in classes rather than studying.


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