Playing Games At Work Is Also Good For You

from the well,-there-goes-my-day dept

At first I thought this was another reference to the study we mentioned earlier in the week saying that personal surfing at work was good for you, but it appears to be a completely different study saying that playing video games at work may be good for you, as well. They're really talking about the same general concept, though. Having your brain always on the full "on" position isn't good for productivity. Being able to take short breaks to recharge your brain is much better - whether it's surfing the sports pages or playing a little solitaire. Of course, we suggested this back in May, saying that some were already questioning whether playing games at work might be good for you, as beyond just a typical break it can also encourage certain activities (such as teamwork, if you get people playing a team-based game). As for this study, it's amusing to note that the researchers had a lot of trouble finding companies willing to let their employees play games. However, the results show that workers who got to play up to an hour of games a day were more productive and more satisfied in their jobs. Of course, someone will come along and point out that if people are just playing games, no work will get done - but nowhere is anyone saying that people should play games all day long. However, as a way to take a break here and there, it appears that it may be a lot more beneficial than harmful. Anyway, now that I've said that, I'm off to go spend the rest of the day personal surfing, napping and playing video games...

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    eeyore, 10 Nov 2003 @ 11:51am

    Re: Napster logic redux

    It still doesn't diminish productivity as much as the chain smokers does, Steve. The average adult can only focus on a task at hand for about thirty minutes at a stretch without needing a break. So is spending your ten minute coffee break surfing the internet any different than reading the newspaper except that you can't take it in the crapper with you?

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