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Internet lowers productivity at work.

A SURVEY of 1,000 people in Wales released today reveals that 68% say they have been distracted from completing work by checking emails, browsing the web, and engaging with social media.

The survey also found 62% admitted that the reduction in productivity caused them dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

The survey was released wwby Webtrate, a company specialising in productivity.

The survey revealed 53% of people thought that checking their emails and social media while trying to get work finished revealed a worrying lack of impulse control.

A total of 63% said they lost their chain of thought because they checked and responded to an email or social media alert while they were working on a report or longer piece of written work.

Some 36% said checking emails and social media cost them more than an hour a day in productivity with 16% claimed they lost more than an hour a day.

Of those who said they were being distracted, more than 71% said they believe they would get more done if they could disconnect from the internet for a period of time each day.

Will Little, director of Webtrate, said: "The internet plays into our worst habits.

"Despite its many benefits, it is helping to fuel procrastination and lower levels of productivity by giving us access to an immediate menu of instant distractions.

"It seems we are increasingly looking to satiate our desire for new information by constantly checking social media, emails and the web."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 24, 2014
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