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Nov 29, 2010

You're probably reading this when you should be working...

You’ll be pleased to hear there’s more to GoCompare than its incredibly annoying ads. The firm has just published the results of a survey which found Brits spend the equivalent of a whole working day each (per week) "engaged in non-working activities" online.

Apparently the average employee spends nearly six-and-a-half hours each week reading news, shopping, banking, playing games and going on social networking sites.

At first glance this might seem like a waste of time, but then again most people don’t take breaks or full lunch hours any more and we all work longer hours, including at home, so it has become part of our time out from work.

So it might not be a good idea for firms to try to put a stop to it, especially when two-thirds of those surveyed said it helped them feel more focussed.

Then again, it’s not necessarily a good idea for us to take a break from staring at a screen by... well, staring at a screen. It really is important that employees take proper screen breaks.


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