Best Study Ever: Wasting Time Online Boosts Worker Productivity

If you are reading this at work, then you may actually be boosting your productivity. At least that is what one study claims. I think a group of researchers was just looking for a way  to surf the web  and have a good excuse when their boss catches them.   What is your take on it? Are you more productive in an office environment that isn't constantly monitoring your computer activity?
“Browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function,” according to a report from the National University of Singapore.

So-called cyberloafing can refresh workers mentally after long periods of work, researchers said at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in San Antonio this week.

Surfing the Web is even better for productivity than talking or texting with friends or sending personal emails, the study found.

And smart bosses would stop snooping, researchers said: Excessive Internet monitoring and surveillance only makes employees do it more, they said.


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Seriously, smokers have known this for decades. You have an itchy, nagging problem? Get out of the office, go outside and walk around for 15 minutes. Brainstorm it. Return to work and conquer the problem.

I doubt a boss would tolerate "But playing Civ IV for 6 hours a day makes me really productive for the last 2 hours!"
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The truth is that office work does not generally take 8 hours to do unless you are some kind of moron, so the internet is pretty necessary for people in cubicles for 8 hours, otherwise they would not stay at their desks, or they would basically die of boredom.
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This is research already done in Australia a few years ago. (

It makes sense if you understand neurological processes like habituation...
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