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On cyberslacking: workplace status and personal internet use at work.

Authors
  • Garrett, R Kelly
  • Danziger, James N
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2008
Volume
11
Issue
3
Pages
287–292
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0146
PMID: 18537498
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Is personal Internet use at work primarily the domain of lower-status employees, or do individuals higher up the organizational hierarchy engage in this activity at equal or even greater levels? We posit that higher workplace status is associated with significant incentives and greater opportunities for personal Internet use. We test this hypothesis using data collected via a recent national telephone survey (n = 1,024). Regression analyses demonstrate that, contrary to conventional wisdom, higher-status employees, as measured by occupation status, job autonomy, income, education, and gender, engage in significantly more frequent personal Internet use at work.

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