Study Proves Web Surfing Increases Productivity at Work
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Tuesday, August 23, 2011 5:40:06 AM
Another way that Opera can improve your productivity: it turns out that surfing your favorite websites at work can boost your performance!
A new study called "Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement," by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore, was presented last week in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, an association of management scholars.
This test involved three groups of people who were tasked to highlight as many letter "e"s as they could in some text. After 20 minutes, the first group was assigned to another simple task. The second got to do anything they wanted except browse the Web, and the third could only browse the web.
The findings are very interesting. It turns out that of the three groups, the web-surfers were significantly more effective at their assigned tasks than the other groups, and they also repeated lower levels of mental exhaustion and boredom.
"Browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function," the authors said. A second study, which surveyed 191 adults, found similar results.
Apparently web surfing offers a pleasurable break that has rejuvenating qualities. Perhaps the next time your company's management proposes more restrictions on web access, they could be pointed towards this study!