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Why Do People Waste Time Online at Work?

If you are one of those people who likes to waste time online at work, you are not the only one out there. There are many people, me included, who waste time doing unproductive stuff online while they are supposed to be doing something for their company. If they know that they are wasting time, why do they still continue to do that? Here are some of the reasons why people waste time online at work.

  1. Boredom

    Boredom could be a result of not having enough to do. If you are at work and there is little work to be completed, then you will definitely look for other things to do like playing Solitaire or Sudoku online. Both are, needless to say, very addictive!

  2. Not Challenging Enough

    If your job is not challenging enough for you, you may find that your brain starts to deteriorate and needs to be constantly rejuvenated in other ways. For instance, you may be more challenged to play games online and win, just to create excitement in your life.

  3. Long Hours

    Most of us work 8-9 hours in a day, some longer. That is a long period of time to concentrate on just work. There will be moments when you feel that you need to take a break from the tasks at hand and turn your attention to something else, just so that you will be refreshed by the change of tasks. Thus, you turn to checking your e-mails every few moments or some other online time-wasters.

  4. Underpaid

    Some people feel that they are overworked and underpaid. Thus, they seek to address the issue in the way they could manage, without actually losing their job. Use company’s resources to do other time-wasting things such as searching for another job online.

  5. More Fun

    At times, work is just not fun enough. After awhile, you may find that you need to get through the day, just to get your salary at the end of the month. It becomes a chore. To make it less of a burden, you seek something fun to do online while at work such as checking out YouTube, looking for jokes and other value-less content online, or super-poking your friends on Facebook.

  6. Unproductive Moments

    There will be moments at work when you have a dearth of ideas or unproductive moments. You can’t seem to settle down to do what you are supposed to do. During these period of time, you can disguise your time-wasting online activities by saying that you are actually doing research or looking for ideas to complete your project. That gives you the go-ahead to hang out at forum or chat rooms.

  7. The Thrill of Breaking the Rules

     You are simply thrilled that you are flouting the company’s rules and regulations. You are waiting to see if you will get caught by your employer for wasting time at work. As many people do, you often pretend to be doing work when actually you are just wasting time online. You laugh at the stupidity of your employer for being a fool, thinking that you are really doing your work.

Whatever your reasons to waste time online, you know that you ultimately have a choice whether to continue or to stop your activities before you are caught. We all know that it’s wrong and we all are prepared, to a certain extent, to take bear the consequences of our actions. Good luck and happy wasting time!

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  1. william rodriguez II

    On July 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm


    Nioe article! These are very true,thanks for sharing.

  2. Ruby hawk

    On July 23, 2008 at 9:57 pm


    It must be great to have a job that you can waste time on. I have never had a job that I didn’t have to be on my toes 8 and 10 hours at a stretch. I envy you guys but your company isn’t getting their money’s worth.

  3. Richie Montalbo

    On July 24, 2008 at 1:05 am


    You hit me!!!

  4. swapna

    On September 1, 2008 at 10:07 am


    nice article….

  5. Leafygreens

    On November 20, 2008 at 9:21 am


    Very true! Been there!

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