It is important that employees are allowed to use the internet for personal reasons as a way of having a break during the working day, a new poll has revealed.
A survey by PopCap Games has shown that many workers now use the internet to unwind for a short period during the day, Online Recruitment reports.
In fact, 57 per cent of respondents said they'd rather have an e-break than a tea break.
However, this relaxation time may be under threat as more employers are restricting the number of personal sites that workers can use.
Seven out of ten firms are considering banning personal use of the internet and have already clamped down social networking sites, the poll revealed.
Dr Chamorro-Premuzic, a psychologist at Goldsmiths University who was involved in the research, said that e-breaks should be fostered by bosses.
"Tea breaks and fag breaks have long been the most common types of break within the office culture but the report shows that e-breaks are fast becoming the most popular choice for British workers," he remarked.
According to findings from Reed Employment recently, eight out of ten employees normally take a lunch that lasts for less than half an hour.
"Employers really need to be e-alert," says ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg. "It's not unlike the 'Crackberry' addiction many employees have with mobile phones."
"The internet is a vital tool, and no up-to-date company can afford to bar employees from access to it."
"But it's a double-edged sword," Mr Traberg warns.
"Employers need to recognise that some staff members are compulsive surfers and social networkers whenever they can squeeze the time."
"The most constructive solution is probably to allow selective access on merit," he continues.
"For example, restrict access to social networking sites to outside office hours - but not for staffers working in communications who might need it."
He concludes. "Monitor all internet use anyway."
"Apply your discretion about what is useful - the net can be a great source of inspiration - and restrict access that is excessive or not useful to company needs."