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It’s three in the afternoon. Tarun Mallick suppresses a yawn,stretches his body and minimises the window of the data sheet he had been working on.

Written by Shashi Priya |
March 30, 2009 2:29:42 am

Logging on to networking sites in moments of dullness at work for personality tests and trivia quizzes is catching up fast amongst office goers-frowns from the boss notwithstanding!

It’s three in the afternoon. Tarun Mallick suppresses a yawn,stretches his body and minimises the window of the data sheet he had been working on. Within three blinks of his eyelid pops in the window that reads Zainab Qazi sent a request using Which ‘Rang de Basanti’ character are you. I wanna know – Which ‘Rang de Basanti’ character are you. bhen de takke?! Answer a few questions and find out! It’s SCARILY accurate. Zainab,sitting three desks away from Mallick has her eyes fixed on the screen. With knitted brows she punches her keyboard. And then comes the giggle with the announcement. “I was Picasso in past life.” The office breaks into a chuckle and there is a brief discussion on ‘Who was what in past life’ before the group gets back to work.

And its not only Qazi and Mallick who find their moments of respite in Facebook Quizzes. The trend that has been there since long is catching up fast not only with students but office goers as well. One dull moment at work and you ward it off by analysing your personality traits or better as finding out which sun sign you will be compatible with. And if that also does not interest you,find out what kind of boyfriend will suit you the most. The numerous quizzes on Facebook and other networking sites are proving to be a refreshing delight for office goers. Where one deals with IQ the other with word power not to forget the very popular personality trait quizzes.

Researches show in October 2008,there were over 4.1 million active users on Facebook,which has increased by 20 per cent in the months to follow. “This has happened only after people came to know more about quizzes,” says Rita Nair,web analyst. The clicks that increased by a million in the months to follow owe its frequency to the online quizzes,which the office goers describe as ‘full time pass’. “You usually do the same thing sitting at the same place. These quizzes add variety to your otherwise dull,boring screen. They tell you about your own personality traits your sun sign and many other things. The quizzes manages to appear sensible,” says Zainab Qazi,software professional. Her colleague Aditi Pethe agrees,“You can’t just work. You need a break and these quizzes are worth the time. A side in you always wants to explore more about yourself and that is what these quizzes do.”

The social networking site has an array of quizzes. And as the site invites everyone to create a quiz the number of the quizzes go on increasing every moment and so does the variety of content. The quizzes on these sites have been created by either an individual user or a group.

But hold on,as the joy is short lived. While Orkut has already been banned in offices,the trend is forcing the HR professionals to put a ban on other networking sites as well. While Facebook tops the list,Hi Fi and bigadda.com are next to follow. The trivia quizzes however are a matter of great concern for the administration. “ If the quatum is negligible then these things don’t affect but if you develop it as a habit it becomes a distraction and the tempo is affected. Though the time spent on completing one quiz might be just five minutes but one keeps on thinking about the result of the quiz. And not only personality quizzes but word quizzes and all there is a tendency to compete and get a high score so there is a clear diversion,” says Pooja Sharma,HR Professional.While Infosys and Convergys have already banned all networking sights including Facebook,Great Search Staffing and Management System too follows suit. “It’s not only Orkut now we have banned Facebook too. Orkut was banned some five months back now we have banned Facebook as well,” says Milind Kumar Kavale.HR Professional.

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