A recent survey has found that nearly half of workers find exploring the Internet has improved their productivity at the office.
The result of survey, which was released on Tuesday, was conducted by the Pew Research Center.
The researchers surveyed 1, 066 American web users and asked them about how accessibility to the web has changed their working style at their workplaces.
An impressive 46 percent said that the Internet, the distractions and everything associated with the web browsing have contributed in improving their productivity at the office. On the other hand, only 7 percent respondents blamed the Internet for a drop in their productivity.
According to the 46 percent respondents who supported Internet, web browsing opened up new paths of communication for them and also extended their workday over longer as well as flexible hours.
Over one-third of respondents believed that while sitting round-the-clock on their Internet accessible devices, their working hours also expanded than they earlier used to work at.
Lee Rainie, Pew’s director of Internet, science and technology research, said, “It was the killer app 45 years ago for the early ARPANET and it continues to rule workplaces despite threats like spam and phishing and competitors like social networking and texting.”
The respondents supporting Internet browsing at workplace said the most important workplace tool for them has been Email. They said the electronic mailing services helped them in sending and receiving important work-related messages very instant and easy.
The use of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and others ranked at the last of the “most useful” list, with only 4 percent of workers considering it “very important” in enhancing their work style at their job.