Once you leave school for good, it seems like your life can be absolutely consumed by work. Gone are the days of hanging with your hundred closest friends in the caf, which have now been replaced by 8 hours of non-stop contact with two officemates, who you may or may not get along with. Your social life is completely upended and when work begins to take up the majority of your time, it stands to reason that it may begin taking up the majority of your social time as well.
Since your life now revolves around your dwindling paycheck, it makes sense that the people in the cubicles next to you now compose the majority of your friend groups. Results from a Millennial Branding Survey, which, yes, is apparently a thing, millennials are likely to add around 16 of their coworkers on Facebook. I personally don’t have that many coworkers, so that seems pretty excessive to me, but it’s becoming clear that our work circles and social circles are blending in our generation like they never have before.
So is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, it depends. On one hand, your workday will go much, much faster if you don’t hate the guy in the cube across from you, and looking forward to bitching about your boss over $3 happy hour margs will make 5:00 get here before you know it. On the other hand, there’s always the potential for things to go terribly, terribly wrong. Call in sick? Better make sure your only Facebook statuses are about chicken noodle soup instead of the Grey’s Anatomy marathon you’re binge-watching. Drunk tweets? Keep those to a minimum, especially if your boss hits you with a follow request. As a Pew Research Center survey found in 2014, 16 percent of employees had a lower opinion of their colleagues after observing their social media presence.
At the end of the day, it’s probably a good thing to get along with the people you spend 40 hours a week with. If you like them and you trust them not to rat you out to HR, a Facebook friend request may be in order. For everyone else, make sure those limited profile settings are up to date, so you don’t have to turn down your boss’s friend request, but they don’t have to see you blackout in NOLA either. .