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Smartphone microbreaks could improve work performance

MANHATTAN, Kansas (WKRC) -- A new study shows that people who take smartphone microbreaks throughout the day are happier and more productive.

Research found that just a two minute break playing a game or checking Facebook helped employees recover from stressful situations.

The study was performed by doctoral student, Sooyeol Kim, at Kansas State University. Kim and his colleagues developed an app that measured employees' smartphone usage during work hours. 72 participants installed the app on their phone.

The app split the apps being used into categories like 'entertainment' for social media and games. At the end of the day, participants recorded how they felt.

"By interacting with friends or family members through a smartphone, or by playing a short game, we found that employees can recover from some of their stress to refresh their minds and take a break," Kim said.

The study found that over the course of an eight hour work day, employees only spent about 22 minutes on average on their phones.



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