The main research question of this paper is:
Does web usage lead to interruptions that can impair developer’s performance?
Chris tried to find out using Codealike (a sort of fitbit for the IDE)
Codealike also tracks how you spend your time on the web:
Chris manually coded them into 27 categories, of which substantial time was spent in 18.
By combining this info with the focus, Chris addressed the following:
1) Do highly focused developers use the web differently?
Chris divided the users in 4 groups, based on their level of focus.
About a quarter of users manage to get “in the zone” 2 hours or more a day (wow, how are those people?)
The question is: Do they use the web differently?
Turns out, the low focus developers go on social media lots more (it is a bit hard to see on the picture below, but the graphs in the fourth group is a lot darker)
2) Does web usage affect coding sessions?
Chris tried lots of things, but could not rally come to a conclusion on this one.
I am especially interested in that the focused people work 9-5, but that might be my personal bias 🙂
Paper is here: http://christop.club/publications/pdfs/Corley-etal_2015b.pdf