72.8 Percent Of All Statistics Are Made Up — Or Maybe Twice That When It Comes To Facebook Blocking
from the this-again? dept
Another "web security firm" (I'm not going to give them undeserved publicity by naming them but you can click the link if you care) is getting some easy publicity by announcing the results of a survey finding that half of their customers block MySpace or Facebook surfing at work. That's not too surprising, since this was a survey of the customers of a company that sells blocking software. We covered a similar publicity stunt back in August (and indeed we've been debunking these stories for years). That study found that 43 percent of workers are blocked from accessing Facebook at work. But the latest study finds that only 25.6 percent of the firm's customers block Facebook. There are a couple of ways we might interpret this data. One is that Facebook blocking is actually falling, and that we can extrapolate no Facebook blocking at all sometime next May! The more likely explanation, though, is that these numbers are totally meaningless and self-serving. Of course, these stories inevitably go on to quote a company executive about how personal surfing at work is a "growing concern." In the latest story, the company predicts that two-thirds of companies would be filtering by next year. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the company is selling the software companies would need to do that filtering.
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Comments on “72.8 Percent Of All Statistics Are Made Up — Or Maybe Twice That When It Comes To Facebook Blocking”
As Homer Simpson said to Kent Brockman in Homer the Vigilante “Aw, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forfty percent of all people know that.”
En, from your mom this morning, “Get a job and move out of my basement.”
4 out of 5 dentists agree with that statement. The other dentist doesn’t think you should chew gum.
At work, we recently installed a new firewall, and I got to play with it a little. We just recently turned on its “web blocker” feature, and almost by default it blocks myspace and facebook.
I doubt that employers are actively against these sites, they just think “sure, why not” when given the option to turn this feature on.