Kelly Services included questions about the workplace use of social media in the survey for its Global Workforce Index 2012.
Even among Gen Y (19-30 year olds), just 18% think it's acceptable to make personal use of social media while at work.
Not surprisingly, that slips to 17% of Gen X (31-48) and 11% for Baby Boomers (49-66).
There was no indication that the survey asked about employers' use of technological measures to block or restrict access to social media sites.
Interestingly, 21% those with professional or technical skills thinks it's OK to use social media at work, compared with just 12% of those with 'non-qualified skill sets'.
The message about keeping the personal and professional separate when it comes to social media does seem to be getting through, with 58% saying mixing the two sets of connections can cause problems at work.
More than 1400 Australians participated in the survey among nearly 170,000 respondents worldwide.
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