Study: Smartphone Use May Help Reduce Stress at Work

By Joe Gullo , CNN

Published 07/24 2014 10:18AM

Updated 07/24 2014 10:33AM

We're all guilty of it at one time or another - hopping on Facebook, texting with a friend, or playing a quick game while at work. It might seem like this is zapping your productivity, a new study indicates that might not be true.

Researchers at Kansas State University tested 72 full time workers who spend 22 minutes on average, out of an eight hour work day, doing something non-work related on their smartphone.

The key was that this break was done in short spurts, just for one or two minutes, multiple times over the day.

The researchers dubbed this a "smartphone microbreak" and they found that workers who took this microbreak to check in on their smartphone were happier at the end of their workday.

Researchers said while it might seem like a distraction, a smartphone might help productivity because workers are more refreshed and less stressed when they can briefly talk with family members or play a short game during the day.

And while none of these suggestions may surprise you, if you're looking for some other non-smartphone-related ways to reduce stress at work, experts recommend:

-- Exercise. It's a great way to help you stay focused and it doesn't matter whether you exercise before or after work, or take a walk during your lunch break.

-- Make sure to eat well and get enough sleep.

-- A quick chat with a coworker or a coffee break can also help to reduce your workday stress.

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