French workers waste an hour a day on surfing, study finds

Mar 20, 2013
French workers spend nearly one hour a day at the office surfing the Internet for non-professional uses, with Facebook and YouTube their favourite sites, according to a study published Wednesday.

French workers spend nearly one hour a day at the office surfing the Internet for non-professional uses, with Facebook and YouTube their favourite sites, according to a study published Wednesday.

The study found that on average French workers spent 57 minutes per day on the Internet for personal use, or 59 percent of the total time they use the Web.

Conducted by Olfeo, a firm which sells software that allows companies to filter and secure Internet traffic, said the personal use of the Web by employees caused a 13.6 percent to firms.

Olfeo found that upon their arrival to work French employees like to consult news sites and catch up on social networks.

During lunch hours they favour watching online, listening to the radio or playing online games.

Before heading home French workers check traffic and weather reports, or kill time on entertainment sites.

The study, conducted in 2012 based on 100 firms with 80,000 employees, found that French workers who stay at the office after 7 pm used the Internet to work.

The social networking site was the top website for personal traffic at French workplaces, followed by the video-sharing site YouTube.

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Lurker2358
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 20, 2013
Facebook is the most useless site ever invented. It's also the biggest rip-off. It's just a bad internet forum which serves no purpose except as a pure gossip engine.

At least Youtube is a place to easily view and publish home video, for whatever reason.

Conducted by Olfeo, a firm which sells software that allows companies to filter and secure Internet traffic, said the personal use of the Web by employees caused a 13.6 percent productivity loss to firms.


how sad.

I have a relative who works at a cloud computing company, and they found letting employees goof off and play video games or shoot Nerf guns for 30 minutes or so per day actually increases their total productivity.