During our last webinar, we wanted to see how you really feel about social media.

So, we asked our 3,423 attendees to text us the answer to the following question:

What ONE word would you use
to describe social media in today’s workplace?

We received a total of 123 different answers expressing wildly divergent opinions about SM. Some love it. Some hate it. Very few are in-between.

The most frequent response — “necessary” — shows just how quickly SM has become indispensable to many in the workplace. However, the fact that three of the top five answers were “distracting,” “dangerous” and “scary” indicates that SM isn’t exactly embraced by everyone.

Here were the most frequent responses:

  • necessary (35)
  • distracting (17)
  • dangerous (10)
  • helpful (8)
  • scary (8)
  • growing (6)
  • wasteful (6)
  • annoying (5)
  • complicated (5)
  • essential (5)
  • overwhelming (5)
  • time-consuming (5)
  • useful (5)
  • valuable (5)
  • crazy (4)

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Here’s the complete list in alphabetical order for your reading pleasure. If you’ve got one you’d like to add, feel free to comment below. As always, thanks for your participation!

  • abused (1)
  • addictive (3)
  • annoying (5)
  • awesome (2)
  • bad (1)
  • battlefield (1)
  • beneficial (1)
  • busy (1)
  • caution (1)
  • challenging (2)
  • chaos (1)
  • complex (1)
  • complicated (5)
  • conflicting (1)
  • confusing (2)
  • connected (1)
  • connective (3)
  • convenient (1)
  • crap (1)
  • crazy (4)
  • creative (1)
  • critical (2)
  • crucial (1)
  • cumbersome (1)
  • dangerous (10)
  • discriminatory (2)
  • disruptive (1)
  • distracting (17)
  • drama (1)
  • effective (2)
  • efficient (1)
  • emerging (1)
  • encompassing (1)
  • engaging (1)
  • essential (5)
  • evil (1)
  • evolving (1)
  • excessive (4)
  • exciting (2)
  • expectations (1)
  • exploding (1)
  • frequent (1)
  • frighten (1)
  • frustrating (1)
  • fun (2)
  • gossip (1)
  • great (1)
  • growing (6)
  • happening (1)
  • hassle (1)
  • headache (1)
  • helpful (8)
  • iffy (1)
  • imperative (2)
  • impersonal (2)
  • important (2)
  • inclusive (1)
  • increasing (1)
  • indispensable (1)
  • inefficiency (1)
  • informative (2)
  • innovation (4)
  • interesting (4)
  • invaluable (3)
  • invasive (1)
  • liability (1)
  • litigious (1)
  • mandatory (1)
  • maturing (1)
  • misused (2)
  • necessary (35)
  • needed (1)
  • networking (2)
  • new (1)
  • non-productive (3)
  • norm (1)
  • nuisance (1)
  • opportunity (1)
  • overrated (2)
  • overused (1)
  • overwhelming (5)
  • passive (1)
  • pervasive (2)
  • popular (2)
  • powerful (2)
  • prevalent (1)
  • problematic (1)
  • progressive (1)
  • prolific (1)
  • questionable (1)
  • rampant (4)
  • ramped (1)
  • real-time (1)
  • relevant (2)
  • required (3)
  • risky (4)
  • sad (1)
  • saturation (1)
  • scary (8)
  • secretive (1)
  • stressful (1)
  • time-consuming (5)
  • tool (3)
  • trendy (2)
  • tricky (2)
  • trouble (4)
  • ubiquitous (1)
  • unclear (1)
  • uncontrollable (1)
  • unethical (1)
  • unfocused (1)
  • unique (1)
  • unmanageable (1)
  • unnecessary (2)
  • unproductive (3)
  • useful (5)
  • valuable (5)
  • vital (1)
  • volatile (1)
  • wasteful (6)
  • widespread (1)
  • wrong (1)