Are You Working or ‘Cyberloafing’? Study Says You’re Loafing, Sorry…

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For all the furious typing your co-workers do each day, you’d think that they’re being really productive. As it turns out, they’re probably just emailing friends or ordering six pairs of shoes (five of which they’re going to return) from Zappos. A study by researchers at Kansas State University and Southern Illinois University found that 60 to 80 percent of a typical employee’s time is spent “cyberloafing,” which is using the Internet to do tasks not related to work.

Surfing the Internet while working.
You know you're doing it, and so does your boss.

Not surprisingly, younger generations surf the web more, but older employees are plenty guilty of surfing the web on company time. Age plays a role in what you’re checking out online: kids these days are looking at each other on social networks. Older employees are checking financial sites. Interestingly, employees often don’t feel that they’re doing anything wrong by surfing the Internet at work. Obviously, many companies try to counter this behavior by watching employee surfing habits (or threatening to).

So, it might help your productivity a bit to assess just how much time you’re spending online at work. No need to cut us out of your favorites list, though. If your boss calls you out on it, just point out that she reads HotHardware every day, too.
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acarzt replied on Wed, Feb 6 2013 7:29 PM

This has been true in some of my previous jobs. But I have also had job where this just wasn't possible. For example working in a high volume call center where as soon as you hung up, the phone is ringing again (literally). You don't have time to surf the web at a job like that. In my current job i'm incredibly busy the vast majority of the time. I do have some down time and it's typically spent BS'ing with coworkers or surfing the web. But there typically isn't much time for that or it would be very noticable and i'd be looking for a new job lol

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I've always either worked in schools or in an office where everyone is just really busy all day. I tend to cyberloaf at home to avoid certain jobs, not at work. Amazing how many pairs of shoes you can buy when you're supposed to be taking out the garbage :)

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I have to say that I'm guilty of cyberloafing sometimes especially when the work load seems too much to handle. I need to take a breather and check out other sites while taking a 5-10 minute break from work.

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