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ZDNet: Why work when you can Web surf?

By Philipp in News
Wed Feb 23, 2000 at 06:57:19 AM EST
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There is an article in ZDNet: According to the latest Nielsen/Net Ratings survey, Americans spend twice as much time surfing the Net at work as they do at home. They quote an "average" number of 21 hours/week. I don't know about you guys, but having a computer with internet access at the job is the most distracting thing for me.


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ZDNet: Why work when you can Web surf? | 20 comments (20 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Me Too! :)... (none / 0) (#5)
by bmetzler on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 10:09:00 AM EST

bmetzler voted 1 on this story.

Me Too! :)
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"having a computer with interne... (none / 0) (#4)
by hattig on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 10:16:22 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

"having a computer with internet access at the job is the most distracting thing for me"

It is for me as well, I can easily waste a couple of hours every day, or more, on reading webpages or newsgroups. Thankfully I have not installed ICQ, and I don't use IRC so I do get some time each day to do my job. I want a job where the job is finding all the new interesting technical facts...

But 21 hours? That is 3 hours a day over 7 days! An awful amount of time to spend not working!

I'm not sure I see the point of thi... (none / 0) (#15)
by neonman on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 10:48:51 AM EST

neonman voted -1 on this story.

I'm not sure I see the point of this study. I also don't see why it will be of interest to kuro5hin readers.
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Not surprising article. People surf... (none / 0) (#13)
by Skippy on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 10:53:14 AM EST

Skippy voted 0 on this story.

Not surprising article. People surf more at work 'cause its faster than home.
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Yep..I spend tooo much time on the ... (none / 0) (#7)
by Emacs on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 11:55:45 AM EST

Emacs voted 0 on this story.

Yep..I spend tooo much time on the net at work, like right now for instance. I'm voting a big 0 for I don't care because I'm not a big fan of ZDnet and there sometimes "tabloid web journalism"

Well when you spend 80% of your wak... (none / 0) (#14)
by casret on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 12:44:43 PM EST

casret voted 1 on this story.

Well when you spend 80% of your waking hours at work...

Maybe this is why computers never s... (none / 0) (#11)
by saw2th on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 01:17:17 PM EST

saw2th voted 1 on this story.

Maybe this is why computers never seem to produce any productivity gains. First solitaire now the web.

We spent time on the Web not just f... (none / 0) (#17)
by Pow.R Toc.H on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 01:25:29 PM EST

Pow.R Toc.H voted -1 on this story.

We spent time on the Web not just for funny, but also to learn and improve ourselves. This is done both by reading and having discussions over some theme. Also, most of us get paid to be available to solve problems WHEN THEY APPEAR. If they don't appear or the company has many many employees than the neccessary or the company prefers saving money even if this implies to get people doing nothing related to business work. This is just another step to convince people that electronic slavery is a normal and acceptable thing.

blah blah blah. silly studies. blah... (none / 0) (#18)
by mattdm on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 02:24:06 PM EST

mattdm voted 0 on this story.

blah blah blah. silly studies. blah blah blah.

A good technology/culture article.... (none / 0) (#10)
by xah on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 03:35:46 PM EST

xah voted 1 on this story.

A good technology/culture article.

Heh... slashdot has absorbed more o... (none / 0) (#3)
by ramses0 on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 04:44:05 PM EST

ramses0 voted 1 on this story.

Heh... slashdot has absorbed more of my time than I care to admit. But really, it's "research" ... yeah ... "staying no top of technology" ;^)=
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I can control myself. Learn self c... (none / 0) (#2)
by ebunga on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 05:36:47 PM EST

ebunga voted 0 on this story.

I can control myself. Learn self control folks. I don't really care either way. Nothing like voting, and just saying you don't care. I love user-directed moderation.

i spend more time having sex then b... (none / 0) (#8)
by mr. creep on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 06:14:29 PM EST

mr. creep voted 1 on this story.

i spend more time having sex then being online or working or watching tv. :)
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People have better access at work. ... (none / 0) (#16)
by Imperator on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 07:28:00 PM EST

Imperator voted -1 on this story.

People have better access at work. Duh

interesting. ... (none / 0) (#12)
by derick on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 08:11:21 PM EST

derick voted 1 on this story.

interesting.

somewhat interesting but not for th... (none / 0) (#6)
by rajivvarma on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 10:57:11 PM EST

rajivvarma voted 0 on this story.

somewhat interesting but not for the front page...

Rajiv Varma
Mirror of DeCSS.

Here's something we can sink our te... (none / 0) (#1)
by rongen on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 08:44:24 PM EST

rongen voted 1 on this story.

Here's something we can sink our teeth into! I think a networked computer is a great resource for work but, yes, it can be a distraction as well.
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As a knuckle dragger (computer hard... (none / 0) (#19)
by shepd on Tue Feb 22, 2000 at 10:05:24 PM EST

shepd voted 0 on this story.

As a knuckle dragger (computer hardware repair), I don't get a lot of chance to surf the web... arghhh... I am missing out on the fun!

Re: As a knuckle dragger (computer hard... (none / 0) (#20)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Feb 23, 2000 at 08:47:14 AM EST

no matey, you're not. there's nuffin on dee internet.

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Heh. As I've said before, given the... (none / 0) (#9)
by driph on Wed Feb 23, 2000 at 06:57:19 AM EST

Driph voted 1 on this story.

Heh. As I've said before, given the choice between internet access or a phone, I'd drop the phone in a heartbeat. I've killed quite a lot of worktime with browsing, but then again, I've also picked up quite a bit by doing the same.. got a problem I can't figure out? Trying to get something to work? Check the web, 9 times out of 10 there is an answer... Plus, with the 21 hours a week of browsing, I'm not sure that equates to only 19 hours of work, either.. I'll often have a window open in one monitor while working on something in the other, or while on the phone, etc..even tho that'd probably be considered time spent browsing according to the stats.

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