A local office worker has decided that for every 10 minutes of work she does she should spend the next hour on Facebook. Yvonne O’Leary, 27, believes it’s the least she deserves and that her employers are lucky to have her.
“You can’t be working yourself into the ground.” said Yvonne. “Health guidelines say that for every 10 minutes spent staring at a computer people need to take a one-hour break so in a way it’s the law. I just like to spend my break staring at my phone.”
Health guidelines actually suggest that for every hour spent looking at a computer people should give their eyes a 10-minute break and maybe also stretch their legs but Yvonne sees things a little differently.
“After I’ve typed an exhausting email or finished a gruelling phone call I like to take a breather by going on Facebook and telling everyone that my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the latest tragedy or by sharing a video of a fat kid falling on his arse. It can’t be all work and no play you know. That’s just not healthy.”
Recent statistics show that more than 89% of us regularly go online while at work to watch funny videos, stalk our ex-partners and argue with strangers in the comments section of news stories, costing the Irish economy around €9 billion a minute in lost productivity. Yvonne however doesn’t care.
“I don’t care.” she said proudly. “I read online the other day when I was meant to be working that a happy workforce is a productive workforce and I’m never happier than when I’m on Facebook so that means I’m helping the economy so you can shove your statistics up your hole.”