Smartphone breaks keep employees happy

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, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

 

The ability to take short breaks on smartphones makes employees happier by the end of the day, a new study shows.

The small study of 72 people in South Korea had employees talk about their work load and perceived well-being. Participants also installed an app on their smartphone to measure usage during the day.

The researchers found that employees who took microbreaks on their phone, to do something such as text, were happier.

When employees used their smartphone to access social media they reported the highest well-being by the end of the day.

"We use them for social interaction, so I think that's why social media was shown to make employees the most happy," researcher Sooyeol Kim said.

The researchers found a combined 20-25 minutes of phone time was enough to keep employees happy but not decrease productivity.


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