Reading this at your desk, one tab on ASOS, one on RightMove, and one forgotten tab that’s actually relevant to your work?
When you’re sitting at a computer with access to all the wonderful things the internet has to offer, it’s tough to resist the lure of opening multiple tabs and sneakily doing some stuff unrelated to your day job during working hours.
That act – using your working day to aimlessly browse the internet and do all other not-essential-for-work based things – is called cyberloafing, and it could be seriously damaging to your career. A recent study published in the Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace found that cyberloafing can be a cover for all kinds of worrying mental patterns. For example, many of us cyberloaf to dissociate from what we’re actually meant to be doing, and to help us get a feeling of satisfaction. Compulsive online shoppers, for example, are more likely to cyberloaf, as they’re trying to escape from what’s going on around them by getting the ‘high’ of shopping.
Evelyn Cotter of Seven Career Coaching told Stylist that cyberloafing can become a ‘compulsive behaviour for many people’, acting as an attempt to fill a hole in our life that isn’t going to be filled by browsing through Arket or looking at flat listings...
Read the full article on Metro here.