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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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Nov 22, 2012 3:52PM

Employees that watch porn at work and think that the boss is not watching they saddly mistaken. Business watch everything an employee does, from their emails to where they go on the Internet. So the ones who get fired for watching porn deserve to get fired. If your going to watch porn watch at home where you won't get into any trouble. You might get into trouble if you wife or girl freind out.

Nov 22, 2012 3:48PM
I have a government job because I couldn't get employment anywhere else.  I am very discrete and never go over six hours a day unless I can get away with it.
Nov 22, 2012 3:34PM
ppl need real jobs and not sit and use the computer all day. some of u have no idea how good u have it. i have 2 work 6 hours consistently moving around lifting heavy stuff and so many other things. while watching porn do u masterbate in front of the computer too? hope another man catches u doing it. lol.
Nov 22, 2012 3:31PM
Typical. American employees wonder why businesses head overseas. The American worker has become useless. 
Nov 22, 2012 3:30PM
my wife and i watch porn together we find it very healthy in our relationship
Nov 22, 2012 3:24PM
Nov 22, 2012 3:24PM
I like porn as much as the next guy, but the IT guys can track everything you do online now. If you were to  get fired for looking at porn, how would you explain that to your next potential employer?
Nov 22, 2012 3:23PM
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