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Office Chat: Facebook and Social Networking Websites at Work

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Video: Office Chat: Facebook at Work

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Facebook is a way of life, at home and at the office - so much so that there are concerns the social networking site is cutting into workplace productivity.

The Facebook phenomenon is today's Office Chat with Paul Fadil, a professor at the University of North Florida.

The social networking website giant is "revolutionary in both communications and business," said Paul today.

"It provides entrepreneurs with a unique way to reach people with their goods and services."

But it's also a productivity killer with the average worker spending over an hour on Facebook, and a lot of that time is spent at work. Some workers say instead of going on break they're on Facebook so it's not costing their employer any money.

"Applications like Farmville and Mafia Wars are highly addictive," said Paul.

Some companies are trying to block Facebook from work, but that has "spawned a whole new industry of programmers who try to get around this," added Paul.

Another controversy is privacy. Some nurses got into trouble for posting information about the condition of some patients on their Facebook pages.

If you have a comment for Paul, leave it below. Or, chat with  Paul during Good Morning Jacksonville beginning at 5 a.m.

Also, take our web poll on where you most often do Facebook.

Paul Fadil is a professor at the Coggin College of Business at UNF who specializes in organizational behavior and international management and appears every Thursday on Good Morning Jacksonville.

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