According to most definitions, Cyberloafing is the act of pretending to work when you’re actually just on Facebook or watching videos of cats. It’s a term commonly used in office settings where internet is a daily part of the routine. As the saying goes: when there is connection, there is always temptation. Cyberloafing is the modern version of goldbricking, this was the term used to describe applying gold coating on inexpensive metals. It may look good but it’s absolutely worthless.
A survey conducted by the website News Wise has concluded that people often spend over sixty to eighty percent of their time slacking online. The study was published in the journal, Computers in Human Behaviour, and reported that even with workplace policies and restrictions cannot stop employees from wasting their time at work. Aside from the lost of work done during their shift, another potential risk could be the hacking or illegal sharing of data.
The data isn’t confined among the younger age group but has permeated among older users. The population for the study was composed of university students and office workers. Both age groups have found different ways to waste their time at work.
“Older people are doing things like managing their finances, while young people found it much more acceptable to spend time on social networking sites like Facebook,” Joseph Ugrin, assistant professor of accounting at Kansas State University and one of the people who conducted the survey on Cyberloafing
The younger group are more brazen as compared to their older counterparts. Even with policies that means monitoring what they do at work has not deterred them from accessing their favorite websites. According to Ugrin, he pointed out that the younger group “still did not care” whether the were being watched. “Just having a policy in place did not change their attitudes or behavior at all”.
However, a research published last January conducted by Shani Pindek of the University of Haifa has found that cyberloafing may be more beneficial in the long run. Her study involved over 463 university personnel with relatively low workload. They report being bored and this in turns makes them sluggish and slow.
The research finds that in the absence of a heavy workload, workers turn to cyberloafing to pass the time.
“Under certain stressful situations, engaging in cyberloafing partially buffered the negative effects of workplace stress,” Pindek added. “This upcoming study shows that cyberloafing is a good way of relieving some work stress.”