Here's another idiot:
According to employment law firm Peninsula, 233 million hours are lost every month as a result of employees "wasting time" on social networking....
Mike Huss, director of employment law at Peninsula called on all firms to block access to sites such as Facebook.
He asked: "Why should employers allow their workers to waste two hours a day on Facebook when they are being paid to do a job?"
Let's do the sums. There are roughly 13.7 million members of MySpace, Facebook and Bebo in the UK. If we assume - farcically - that no-one is a member of more than one, and that all these are in employment, this implies that the average person spends 17 hours a month on these sites whilst they are at work - roughly 45 minutes a day. If we assume only half these 13.7m are in jobs, this figure rises to 90 minutes. This is surely implausibly high; it's a lot of time to spend answering and asking damnfool questions.
Which raises the suspicion that Mr Huss might not know what he's talking about. After all, how likely is it that he knows more about what 25 million workers do at work than their own bosses know?
And what's so special about wasting time on networking sites? How much time gets wasted in pointless meetings, or because the IT is crap, or because the air-conditioning doesn't work, or because people get delayed by lousy transport etc etc? Bad management is surely a vaster source of wasted time that Facebook.
And, surely, if employees' work suffers because they are spending time on Facebook, this is a problem to be solved by managers having a word with them - just as if their work suffers because they are late, hungover, or just plain stupid.
As Rick says, moaning about Facebook is a sign of weak management.