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Workers: Keep Benefits Info Off My Wall

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Few U.S. employees use social media for business purposes, and few want to see health benefits information popping into Twitter feeds or posted on Facebook walls.

The National Business Group on Health, Washington, is reporting that finding in a summary of results from an online survey of about 1,500 U.S. adults ages 22 to 64 who work at employers with more than 5,000 employees and get health insurance from their employers.

Only 16% of the participants said they text for business purposes, and just 7% said they use Facebook for business purposes.

About 80% said they have no interest in getting employer-provided health tips or benefits information through Twitter, and 75% said they have no interest in getting health benefits information via Facebook.

But about two-thirds of the participants said they make personal use of social media tools, and almost half said they use Facebook or texting in their personal lives at least weekly.


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