Researchers at a prestigious community college released a study which claims that most office workers waste an average of 30 minutes per day reading online news articles.
“If you summed up all the money people are paid while reading online news articles during a given day, just in San Diego alone, it would be enough to feed a starving village in Chula Vista for three years,” said Dr. Steven Raymer, a professor from the Mesa College department of management and marketing.
According to Raymer, most office workers are unaware of how much time they waste reading news articles.
“Office workers will read anything on the internet, regardless of whether it’s relevant or not,” added Raymer.
By Dr. Raymer’s calculations, this article alone is projected to cost corporations up to $150,000.
“It’s especially disturbing that government workers and federal contractors are also wasting time reading online news articles. This means our tax dollars are paying people to read online news articles, some of which are complete nonsense,” added Raymer.
The study points out that employees rarely take into account the time they’ve wasted reading online news articles when charging their time at the end of the day.
“I don’t understand how these people can sleep at night, knowing that they’re receiving money for reading online articles. Every word they read is another financial jab to their company. They must have no conscience,” Raymer stated passionately.
The study also revealed that a very small minority of office workers actually write online news articles while at work.
In fact, one man, 32-year-old Peter Nguyen, a software engineer at Qualcomm, says he writes all of the online news content for signonsandiego.com while he’s bored at work.
Nguyen explained, “I started working here at Qualcomm right out of college and got bored pretty fast, so I founded signonsandiego.com from within my cubicle. I write all of the news stories on the site in between rounds of sudoku.”