Don’t feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work—turns out it may actually improve your performance. Two studies presented at the Academy of Management in San Antonio concluded that concentration and effectiveness are actually improved in workers who have the freedom to surf the internet.
The studies separated participants into three groups, then assigned a menial task requiring concentration. One group spent its break working on a separate task, the second group was given freedom to do anything except use the internet and the third group was given internet access. After all the groups returned to their initial tasks, the group with internet access was more energized, less bored and more effective at their tasks.