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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 4:27AM
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I would never access porn at my last company. There was a policy about not viewing inappropriate material but no one was ever disciplined for viewing porn at work. The reason I never did it was because I was pretty busy and even though no one was ever disciplined for watching porn at work, I didn't want to take the chance that I would be caught and disciplined. I mean, how embarrassing would that be!
Nov 22, 2012 4:19AM
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yes expose those executive bastards sitting around watching porno.. while the staff are working their asses off.I know  few trash that did it and probable still do.
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So, where's the study that shows the consequences of restricting people's access to porn and the resulting work-performance (increase? decrease?)?
Nov 22, 2012 3:45AM
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Why bother getting marred when you have porn.
Nov 22, 2012 3:44AM
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"Too many long bathroom breaks led to the firing."

-Richard Gozinga 

Nov 22, 2012 3:39AM
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Quickest way to unemployent that I know of.  Buh bye!
Nov 22, 2012 3:37AM
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Where i work, they would give you a cardboard box and 15 minutes to get the Hell out.  They would send you your final check.

Nov 22, 2012 3:33AM
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You are getting paid to WORK.  I have seen people checking and sending personal e=mails, playing games, downloading material for their club or chuch, etc.  All against company policy.  To be honest, Watching porn has to be the ultimate insult to the workplace. I don't understand WHY anyone would do that at work.  If one is so addicted to porn that they must view it at work, then they need professional help.  I've caught people who worked for me doing minor personal things at work and warned them about it which seemed to be sufficient.  But porn?  At the very least I would impose an immediate suspension without pay and enrollment in a therapy program before returning to work.  Second offense, termination.

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