A study conducted by the University of Melbourne has found that surfing the web at work makes employees more productive, as it sharpens their concentration.
In a blow to employers everywhere, the study found that people who use the Internet at work are nine percent more likely to be productive than those who don’t.
According to the study’s author Dr Brent Coker, short breaks are perfectly acceptable as people need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration.
“Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days work, and as a result, increased productivity.”
The most popular activities recorded online include surfing for product information, reading online news sites and watching YouTube videos.