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Majority of porn viewers watch at work

Well, here's an embarrassing way to get fired.

By Kristin Wong Nov 21, 2012 3:45PM

There's a time and place for everything, and pornography enthusiasts may need to be reminded of this adage.

According to Dr. Christopher Ahlers, a sex therapist from Berlin, a staggering amount of people views porn from their work computers.

“Modern viewing of porn is no longer something in which strange individuals are engaged in quiet rooms in video booths,” Ahlers said.

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Apparently, titillating videos are now enjoyed in cubicles around the world. At an Austrian conference on sexual behaviors, Ahlers claimed that of the 60 million people who log on daily to a free pornography website, about two-thirds of them are logging on from an office computer.

Ahler's claim isn't out of left field. The Washington Times reported that in 2009, an investigation at the National Science Foundation found that a senior executive spent a total of 331 days checking out porn on his government-issued computer. What's more, Bloomberg revealed that a memo written by the Pentagon ordered employees to stop "engaging in inappropriate content at work." The memo added that employees were "accessing Web sites and transmitting messages containing pornographic or sexually explicit images." I'm all for online surf breaks, but we may be getting just a little too comfortable with our at-work Internet habits.

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According to Ahlers, while the first wave of the public's porn viewing seems to happen during office hours, the second daily wave occurs after dark.

"The second peak is from viewers at home after midnight," Ahlers explained. Definitely a more suitable venue.

Other studies have confirmed that excessive pornography habits do cause relationship issues. And with Ahler's recent claim, porn may be causing problems for people in the workplace as well. A 2011 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals says employees can legally be fired for looking at pornography on an office computer.

I suppose the phrase "NSFW" exists for a reason.

Photo: Martyn Vickery/Alamy

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