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10 websites to keep you occupied at work

10 websites to keep you occupied at work

From social networking forums to gaming sites, there are various websites on the internet to distract ourselves from work. But research shows that a little distraction makes us more productive.

April 27, 2009 2:14 by

Surfing the net at work for pleasure increases our concentration levels and helps us to be more productive, says a study released early April by the University of Melbourne. According to the study of 300 workers, 70 percent of people who use the internet at work engage in ‘Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing’.

“People who do surf the internet for fun at work – within a reasonable limit of less than 20 percent of their total time in the office – are more productive by about 9 percent than those who don’t,” says Brent Coker, from the university’s department of Management and Marketing.

So, what are the sites that distract employees in the region? Here’s a list of ten that work for Kipp:

1. Facebook

The social networking site came third in Google’s list of fastest rising searches in the UAE in 2008. The site has been used extensively as a public voice in the region, with groups calling for saving Dubai’s Hard Rock Café to killing Dubai Summer Surprises’ mascot, Modhesh. But while you may get away with browsing Facebook during work, you should think twice if you call in sick at work; last week, a Swiss woman lost her job for surfing Facebook while she was off sick.

2. YouTube

The video sharing site has got everything – from popular songs, cute animal videos, to embarrassing instances – it’s all there for everyone to see. Once you see one video, the site hooks you. Here’s how it works: one of friends sends you a YouTube link. You view the video, you laugh and decide to forward it to your colleagues. Then you continue surfing the site watching other videos that YouTube prods you to see. It’s endless.

3. Twitter

The latest sensation in the social networking universe, Twitter has taken over the region successfully. You are either twittering, or reading other’s messages. There is an obligation to please your followers, which means constantly trying to compress your thoughts into mini sentences (have to be within 140 words).

4. Secret Tweet

In spite of being a Twitter spin-off, the site deserves its own entry because it contains the one thing that everybody loves: dirty secrets. If you are addicted to reading one secret after another, you’ll find endless entertainment here. For those not satisfied with the moderated secret tweets, there’s an unabridged version where secrets get dirtier.

5. Wikipedia

Getting hooked on Wikipedia can start harmlessly. A colleague asks you about something you don’t know much about, and you search online for information and somehow, you end up at Wikipedia, and bam! You’re stuck. You click on every link in the article, and end up reading about obscure 18th century political revolts in Eastern Europe for the rest of the afternoon.

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