Surfing the net at work may improve productivity

Nope, this is not a joke. According to a recent study titled “Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement”, surfing the net can actually refresh tired workers and enhance their productivity.
The researchers conducted two studies. In the first, they assigned 96 undergraduate management students into one of three groups: a control group, a “rest-break” group and a Web-surfing group.
All subjects spent 20 minutes highlighting as many letter “E”s as they could find in a sample text. For the next 10 minutes, the control group was assigned another simple task; members of the rest-break group could do whatever they pleased, except surf the Internet; and the third group could browse the Web. Afterward, all of the subjects spent another 10 minutes highlighting more letters.
The researchers found that the Web-surfers were significantly more productive and effective at the tasks than those in the other two groups and reported lower levels of mental exhaustion, boredom and higher levels of engagement.
The study was done by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore and was presented last week in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, an association of management scholars. Maybe it’s the nature of the report, a lot of news agencies and blogs are talking about it now.
Remember to tell your boss about this study.

1 comment

  1. wow this is super cool. It makes perfect sense too, it’s like rewarding yourself after performing a task and then continuing to do another task so u feel motivated.

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