Marie Claire just reported that a recent University of Melbourne study found that workers who who browsed the Web in moderation were 9 percent more productive than coworkers who did not. According to the article, this is attributed to “the concentration restoration that occurs during web-surfing micro-breaks, plus the autonomy of knowing your employer trusts you to manage yourself.”
Additionally, Marie Claire reports that the more enjoyable the website visited, the more efficient you will be doing actual work.
Furthermore, Psychology Today gives you the perfect word to describe your Internet perusing; instead of “slacking off” on Facebook, you can now saw you are engaging in “WILB” or “Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing.” How’s that for making you feel less guilty about perusing Facebook and Twitter while you should be working? Anything that validates something that you’ve already been doing is ok in my book.