How Much Time Do You Actually Spend Working When You’re at Work?

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Melanie Pinola

November 14, 2014

We all need to take breaks now and then and maybe even slack off a little—and sometimes we’re just not given enough meaningful work to stay productive. About how much of your workday do you actually spend working?

Go ahead, you can tell us. If most of your day is spent slacking off or “cyberloafing,” you’re not alone. An article in the Atlantic is revealing:

What all statistics point towards is a general intensification of work with more and more burnouts and other stress syndromes troubling us. Yet there are more-detailed surveys reporting that the average time spent on private activities at work is between 1.5 and three hours a day. By measuring the flows of audiences for certain websites, it has also been observed that, by the turn of the century,70 percent of the U.S. internet traffic passing through pornographic sites did so during working hours, and that 60 percent of all online purchases were made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. What is sometimes called “cyberloafing” has, furthermore, not only been observed in the U.S. (in which most work-time surveys are conducted), but also in nations such as Singapore, Germany, and Finland.

Something that would have surprised Taylor is that slacking is not always the product of discontent, but also of having too few tasks to fill the hours.According to repeated surveys by Salary.com, not having “enough work to do” is the most common reason for slacking off at work.

Sound familiar to you?

The Art of Not Working at Work | The Atlantic

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