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Let’s face it. When you’re at work, there will always be periods where you’ve got nothing to do. Okay, let me rephrase that. There will be times where you don’t want to do any work! Usually, that might be on a Friday afternoon when you’re looking forward to the weekend. Or perhaps the run-up to the holiday season.
You might not think it. But, plenty of us waste time on the Internet instead of doing any work! And most of us slackers have developed ways to conceal our downtime from our bosses!
Have you ever wondered what the idle among us do to pass the time at work? Let me give you a hint: the answer isn’t “working”! Here’s what we tend to do the most online at work. Warning: some of these answers might surprise you!
A typical way to kill some time at work is to play some games. The ones we play will depend on our personal preferences, of course.
For example, some of us fancy partaking in MMORPG games like EVE Online. Others might fancy a flutter by trying their hand at online casino games. And then there are those of us that like nothing better than playing Candy Crush Saga on Facebook!
Look for suitable matches on dating sites
Why let work get in the way of looking for love? Believe it or not, a large proportion of workers go online and browse dating websites. They might even take the time to fine-tune their profiles so they can get better matches.
As you can imagine, some people will get rather distracted by the messages they send and receive. Especially if the content is somewhat explicit and sexual in nature!
Catch up on social media
A popular pastime is to go on social media at work and catch up on the latest happenings. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are just some of the online platforms we visit each day.
Some people in marketing roles do little to disguise their activities. That’s because social media is usually part of their work. Not so sneaky, but rather dangerous if your boss is standing behind you!
Check out creepypasta stories
In case you didn’t know, creepypasta refers to horror stories written by people online. If you’re a horror buff, you’ll probably spend hours reading weird and creepy tales! Sure, they aren’t a substitute for a slasher movie. But, they make for interesting reading if you’re into that sort of thing.
One advantage of perusing creepypasta sites is they are mainly text-based. That means it doesn’t look obvious from afar that you’re not doing any work. Passers-by behind you might assume you’re doing some online research. Yeah, right!
Look for a new job
Let’s face it. If you spend a lot of time surfing the web at work, your job is probably boring. Sure, to some people, getting paid to go on the Internet might sound like fun. But, there comes a point where enough is enough. And when that point gets reached, it’s time to look for a new job.
So, how do you waste time online at work? Let us know!