A new study has revealed that surfing the web for leisure at work increases productivity of workers.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the study reveals that web browsing helps the employees relax and increase their productivity. It has been deemed more relaxing than making personal calls or sending text messages.
The study titled "Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement”, was conducted by by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore. It was presented last week at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in San Antonio, Texas.
The researchers conducted two studies to arrive at the conclusion. The first one involved 96 management undergraduate being distributed in to three groups: a control group, ‘rest-break’ group and web surfing group.
Each student was given a sample text in which they had to highlight the letter ‘e’. The groups were asked to this for 20 minutes then for the next ten minutes, the control group was assigned another task, the rest-break group could do whatever they want expect surf the web while the web surfing group could browse the web.
For another ten minutes after that, the groups were again asked to highlight letters in a sample text.
“Browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function,” the authors of the study said. “Breaks of such nature are pleasurable, rejuvenating the Web surfer,” they added.