Online social networks have become ’a way of life’ for today’s teenagers as majority of them consider the freedom to use websites such as Twitter and Facebook at work as an essential criteria which could influence their future job decisions.

About 58 per cent of teenagers in the U.S. said they would consider their ability to access social networks at work when considering a job offer from a potential employer, according to a survey conducted by consulting firm Deloitte.

Nearly nine in 10 teens surveyed use social networks every day, with 70 per cent saying they participate in social networking an hour or more daily.

“From an employer’s perspective, it is clear that organisations need enhanced training and communication relative to social networking. This is particularly the case when more than half of the future talent pool feels so strongly about social networking, that their ability to access those sites at work would play into their decision to take a job,” Deloitte Global Managing Partner Ainar D. Aijala said.

The outcome of survey comes amid many organisations implementing policies to limit the access to social networks during the workday, due to concerns about unethical usages, such as time theft, spreading rumours about colleagues or managers and leaking proprietary information, among other reasons.

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