Why Facebook Is Good for Productivity

Wellness blog Keas has a doozy of an infographic up in a recent post, and it's another one of those "people need distractions to be more effective" epiphanies I've reported on before. This time it's about Facebook, and how people who use it at work in moderation can reap the benefits of increased "psychological engagement and… increase[d] productivity."

Of course, the key words here are "in moderation." There's a reason why 50 percent of CEOs in a recent Gartner report say they forbid the use of social media at work. It's not like FarmVille and Mafia Wars are going to save the economy here.

But according to a recent Academy of Management experiment cited in this infographic, a group of workers allowed to take 10 minutes to browse Internet news and social media or goof off online had "less mental exhaustion and boredom while reporting more psychological engagement" than groups who were given a menial task (bundling sticks) or a rest (doing anything but using the Internet).

Interesting stuff. Give it a ready over at keas.com.

 David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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