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Study: smartphone "microbreaks" during work day are productive

new research shows smart phone "microbreaks" may actually increase productivity. (Source: WMBF News) new research shows smart phone "microbreaks" may actually increase productivity. (Source: WMBF News)
Short two or three minute breaks through the day may help employees mentally separate enough to recover from work stress and refresh their minds. (Source: WMBF News) Short two or three minute breaks through the day may help employees mentally separate enough to recover from work stress and refresh their minds. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - If your boss doesn't let you use your cell phone at work, you might want them to read this.

According to a study from the University of Kansas, employers often see phone use as a distraction to a productive work day. But new research shows smart phone "microbreaks" may actually increase productivity.

That doesn't mean taking an hour to play Candy Crush is healthy- that amount of time is definitely a distraction. But short two or three minute breaks through the day may help employees mentally separate enough to recover from work stress and refresh their minds.

"Just a short two-minute period that would be just the right amount of time," Josh Walker said. "You could check up on your life, and see what's going on, and you're not taking away from a lot of work time."

Many people work right through their lunch breaks, and it's nearly impossible to concentrate for eight straight hours.

The University of Kansas study says workers who used their phones for short breaks throughout the day are happier.

Local workers say when bosses restrict cell phone use, it causes extra stress at work during times they need to stay in touch with friends and family members.

"It's kind of like just getting up and going to the bathroom, or taking a walk or something if you're starting to get cramped up sitting down all day, or  you want to just take a short break. And today, I think everybody has a cell phone - it's kind of just a part of our life now," Walker continued.

Employees spent an average of 22 minutes a day on their smartphones, a little under three minutes each hour during an eight-hour day.

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