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Study Shows That Using Facebook and YouTube at Work Makes Employees Happier and Better

Does It Make You Happier to Use Facebook, YouTube at Work?

It doesn't take a study to know that it's a bummer when your work blocks certain websites, but it is true — last year, British researchers found that employees became demoralized when their workplace put limitations on personal Internet surfing. Likewise, a recent study showed that people who were allowed to take mini Internet breaks to update their status on Facebook or Twitter, watch a funny video on YouTube, or play an online game actually makes you a better employee.

"Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the Internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days' work, and as a result, increased productivity," he said.

I hear that. The nature of my job lets me look at whatever hot viral video is out there, and encourages me to update my Twitter, but I even need little non-geeksugar related Internet breaks to refresh me.

What about you? If you're allowed to surf any website you want at work, does it make you a happier employee? And if you're not allowed to take little e-Breaks, do you think it would make you happier?


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bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 8 years
I wish my employer hadn't blocked facebook, etc. My job is incredibly repetitive and it was nice to have a break from it!
PillowThrowDecor PillowThrowDecor 8 years
I work at home so of course I can stop whenever I want. I design and sew all day with little or no conversation with others. I start talking to my pillows and am shocked when they reply! So thank goodness I do get human interaction with friends, family and customers on Facebook and email. I have to carefully discipline myself to short 10 minute breaks. It actually helps my productivity because it gives my brain a rest and changes my body position so I don't get a sore back working at my table or machines.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I have an iPhone so I'll be on it all the time when I have chance! My workplace blocked facebook, meebo and stuff as soon as I'd been on them the once. GEEZ. Who cares as long as I get my work done? I NEED them to keep sane. I need connections with other people through the day who I don't work with. Get over it employers!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I have a mixed bag of clients. Some have big brother type IT departments that block everything and not only is it frustrating for the employees but often it can get in the way of them doing their job. For the companies where I am their IT department I discourage blocking sites. If you have a sales person that can't stay off Facebook why don't you deal with the individual and THEIR problem not punish the entire office. What fun is it to eat your lunch at your desk if you can't update your FB profile?
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I've worked at places where EVERYTHING is blocked, and people A. complain about it (it just highlights the draconian nature of the company) and B. spend a lot more time going around everything (checking on iPhones, finding ways to chat on google docs, etc). This turns a 2 minute break into a ten minute break.
khameel khameel 8 years
Yes! I love that I can check all of my favorite websites at work.
weffie weffie 8 years
yes! facebook, dlisted and the sugars are my life support lol... too many high-strung type As in my office, i need the laughs!
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
My job blocked facebook and such but I am glad popsugar is okay:) Sometimes you just need to get away from the same old and its nice to take a break. I agree with you tidalwave, I consider the internet my replacement for a cigarette :)
Antimony Antimony 8 years
Yessss, it's wonderful to take short personal breaks. Especially if it's a bad day, and I really need a good distraction! I don't use a computer at my current job, but I do txt friends between calls, and when I am eating lunch I put everything work-related aside and mess around with my phone.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
YES i require facebook and personal email and sugar sites to keep me sane during the day youtube, not so much, cuz i don't use sound anyway
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I've always looked at my internet breaks as the same as a smoking break to a smoker.
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