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We’re all guilty of it; you’re probably doing it right now. Surfing the web — clicking through entertaining, yet unproductive sites (MN Business is very productive, BTW) — while you’re at work. Nearly 65 percent of workers steal precious company time by Tweeting, Instagramming, and Facebooking, which lowers productivity. But who, according to Socialnomics, is the biggest time-thief of them all?

Those damn Millennials, Yahoo!Finance reports.

Twenty-nine percent of employees waste between one and two hours websurfing per day, about 520 hours of company time per year, 25 percent of their total hours spent doing absolutely nothing!  “Of all workplace distractions, the Internet is the greatest productivity drain,” Yahoo added.

The most enticing time-waster at the workplace is Tumblr, which persuades 57 percent of employees to scroll through a multitude of .gifs and entertaining posts. Facebook (52 pecent), Twitter (17 percent), Instagram (11 percent) and SnapChat (4 percent) follow.

It’s those Millennials, Yahoo adds, that are the biggest time-wasters in America. In fact, a new study shows that 53 percent would rather lose their sense of smell than lose connection to the digital world. “One-third of them would rather have a flexible work environment and access to social media than a bigger [paycheck],” Yahoo said. Money isn’t the motivator here. Flexible use of digital media seems to be a prevailing demand among Millennials. Baby boomers waste only 41 minutes per day, and Gen X’ers, 1.6 hours per day. Millennials whiling away about 2 hours per day, or 40 hours each month.

According to, the top reason (34 percent) so many workers are toggling between their spreadsheets and Twitter is because their hours are too long and they’re not challenged enough. Other reasons include:

  • No incentive to work harder
  • Unsatisfied with work
  • Pure boredom
  • Low wages

Yahoo offers some suggestions to employers, particularly for Millennials, on how to keep workers from being distracted. Allowing workers a 15-minute break, Yahoo adds, may help satisfy the itch to surf the web. “When the company has a policy that makes it okay to check Facebook or Instagram periodically, they are more likely to get their work done during the rest of their time,” the article says.

Think these suggestions will work on distracted employees?

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