Next time your boss catches you looking at cut baby animal pictures on the internet, don't worry.
Japanese research has found that looking at pictures of cute animals can help improve work performance and powers of concentration.
One thing the internet has shown us, it is that few people can resist looking at images of cute animals.
Now new research has revealed that looking at cute images of baby animals doesn't just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but can actually improve your work performance and help you concentrate.
In Japanese, the word 'kawaii' means cute and so the report is rather appropriately entitled Power of Kawaii.
Through three separate experiments a team of scientists found that people showed higher levels of concentration after being shown pictures of puppies or kittens.
About 132 university students were divided up into three groups, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Each group was assigned a different task, from playing a board game similar to Operation to number-related challenges.
In the Operation experiment, the participants who were shown images of puppies and kittens performed their tasks better after the break than those who looked at cats and dogs, with performance scores improving by 44 per cent.
They also took their time. The time it took to complete the task increased by 12%.
'This finding suggests that viewing cute images makes participants behave more deliberately and perform tasks with greater time and care,' said the researchers, according to the published paper.
Similar jumps in performance were seen in the numbers experiment, suggesting that looking at cute images increases attentiveness even when the task at hand is unlikely to raise feelings of empathy.