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Also, the "traffic goes down because people aren't surfing at work" argument probably made more sense a few years ago than it does now. Today, lots of people have broadband connections at home, so they have less reason to do their online research at the office.
I think it shows that a lot of people do their Internet surfing from work.
I've come to the same conclusion over the years as well. I have often wondered if this was due to people not having an Internet connection at home, if they were just bored with their jobs and needed a distraction, or some other reason.
some other reason.
I feel that even with high-speed Internet at home, most (other) people don't have their computers on all day. So to play around online involves actually turning on the computer and waiting for it to boot. (And we won't even go into the other delays for people who only have dialup!) While they may be tempted to check something online they just thought of, many will not bother and forget about it.
However, at work, the computer is always on. So it's more likely people will take a "quick break" to check something online at work when they think about it.
At home, there are also a lot of other distractions- TV, family, video games, the 'fridge, newspaper, books, etc. At work, what are you going to do for a distraction if you don't smoke?
What is President's Day and why is it celebrated?
It used to be two separate days recognizing the birthdays of Presidents Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22). Quite a number of years ago (I don't know how many) it was decided to celebrate both birthdays on one day and make it always on a Monday so that most folks could have a three day weekend.
Back when we had both Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays off from school, it became known as "ski week" because so many families would take it off to head up to the mountains. There are still lots of people that take it off for 3 or 4 days to do stuff with their kids.