Slack isn’t ruining your job or life.

Last week while cruising multiple Slack teams, Facebook, and Twitter I came across “Is Slack ruining our jobs — and lives?“. At this point we’ve all seen this article in many different forms. It comes in the form of a frantic Facebook post in all caps with a title like “SOCIAL MEDIA WILL END THE WORLD!’ and one of these shock comics:

The article outlines what Slack is, how it’s used by “knowledge” workers, and then immediately dives into a comparison to open-floor plan offices?.?.? They also evaluate a study by McKinsey from 2012 that states “The average interaction worker spends an estimated 28 percent of the workweek managing email and nearly 20 percent looking for internal information or tracking down colleagues who can help with specific tasks,”This information is followed by the image below from Darius Foroux (law of diminishing returns) that accurately outlines the ACTUAL problem. Check out the image below and see if you can guess where I’m going with that bold “actual” above.

There’s one part of this entire equation that could will actually ruin your work and life. It’s the bottom line “technology use”. If you spend too much time on shit that you don’t need to you can’t spend time on your team, the work, and bettering yourself. Slack, Facebook, or event email didn’t isn’t ruining [INSERT THING]. A lack of self discipline, time management, and good team/other communication are. Chunk the time you look at any of these tools and close/snooze them otherwise and this can’t happen.

It’s also fair to point out that after 8 paragraphs the Vox article says what I’ve said in less direct terms at the very end. Here’s a link to the article.

*yes I’m aware sometimes you have to look at a thing if it’s an emergency but if it’s demanded you HAVE to be in [insert tool] 24/7 365 and checking every 10 minutes you should run far away from that situation*

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