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Employees 'Cyberloaf' to Combat Boredom

The term refers to using the internet at work for non-job related purposes.

May 21, 2018 - 12:33 pm
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Have you heard of "cyberloafing?" Many of us do it, and it's just fine, according to new research.

The term refers to using the internet at work for non-job related purposes. Most employers frown on this behavior, but maybe someone should leave this study on the company printer.

Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Haifa looked at productivity data and found that cyberloafing was more of a coping mechanism than an overt effort to waste time. Employees were using the internet to relieve boredom from tasks that they didn’t feel engaged in otherwise.

The researchers now want to look into the causes to see if workplace stress is a factor.