The most popular way to beat your computer’s clock is to open a book or game and wait for the clock to tick down.
But a recent study by University of California-Berkeley researchers suggests you may need to wait longer to finish a book.
“Our data show that for a given number of minutes, it is less effective to play a book as opposed to a game,” said Benjamin E. Dufour, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and lead author of the study, which was published Monday in the journal PLOS ONE.
“The reason is that for every minute spent waiting for the computer to return to the ‘on’ position, it takes twice as long to play the game as to play it.”
The researchers analyzed data from nearly 15,000 people in the U.S. who spent at least one minute of every five minutes waiting for a clock to turn over the last five minutes of their work day.
The researchers then averaged these results across people who worked at the same company.
The average time between when the computer started the clock countdown and when it finished was 6.5 minutes, and it was nearly 7 minutes before the clock started ticking back down again.
That means a book reading in the middle of the day could take about 45 minutes to finish.
The research team did not include people who were working in different departments at the company, so the results are likely biased toward those who were in different parts of the company.
“We found that, for some of the people who had a lot of distractions during the workday, it took longer to complete a book than to complete the game,” Dufours said.
“However, this difference was not statistically significant, so it seems that when working at a company where the people work closely together, it may actually make more sense to play chess rather than a book.”
For some people, playing chess while on break can be beneficial.
In one study, people who spent a few minutes at home during their break had a significantly greater chance of finishing their work, even though they were not working.
A new study also suggests that taking breaks can actually be beneficial for those with depression.
A study by researchers at the University of Washington found that those who had depression were more likely to finish their work even if they were forced to take a long break from work.
The study found that people who said they had trouble with depression or who had experienced significant mental health challenges such as a family member or partner, were less likely to complete their work while on a break.
“People who have depression or have had significant mental disorders are often in situations where they feel a lack of control or a lack in autonomy, and they often feel a need to take breaks,” said Andrew T. Dolan, a research associate in the UW College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology.
“But if you’re someone who has been depressed and you’re taking breaks, it seems to make you less likely not to finish your work.”
The findings of this study suggest that a break in the day may be more beneficial than a break from the office.
“It seems like it makes more sense not to go to the office and work when you’re in a break,” said Dufouring.
“So, we should do away with the idea that we need to do our work when we’re out of the office.”
It’s not just about being busy, either.
Being active can be a good thing for your mental health, according to a study from the University at Buffalo.
Researchers in the university’s School of Social Work studied more than 2,500 adults from the U,S.
and Canada who had completed a survey that measured how much time they spent doing things like reading, watching TV and playing computer games.
Participants also completed a battery of psychological tests.
The results showed that people with high levels of activity were more active on a daily basis.
“This study indicates that the time spent at work is not necessarily the time that is most important to people with depression,” said lead author Dr. Christine L. Brown, a social work professor.
“Instead, the time we spend doing activities like reading and playing games can be more important to depression than the time it takes to do those activities.”
Dufors research suggests that people should plan to spend at least 30 minutes per day playing chess.
“I think that playing chess is a great way to get your brain to relax and get your focus back,” he said.
You can check out the study here.
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