April 09, 2011

In Praise of Distraction

Trust your inclination:

[T]here’s no doubt that the Internet has made it much easier—and more entertaining—to slack off at the office. … [P]lenty of new research suggests that forcing Internet-addicted employees to go cold turkey may make them less productive, not more. … [G]iving people some respite from difficult tasks, along with the chance to let their minds wander, will make them more productive.

James Surowiecki in the New Yorker.