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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 10:20AM
Coffee break, just enough time to rub one out......
Nov 22, 2012 10:06AM
It be interesting if they would correlate the rise or fall of rape, in relation to the amount viewed.  I would estimate a fall in rape in that their satisfaction has been achieved.
I would also presume, If wives were more interested in their hubby, viewership would fall.

Nov 22, 2012 9:43AM
I'd have fired -- or tried to -- any subordinate I caught watching porn on the job. This was not because I'm a Mrs Grundy-type, but because doing personal business on company time -- and using company resources to do it -- is a violation of work rules. I'm retired now so none of my former employees is at risk. Happily, I had no cause to take such action when I was still working
They fired a women for an act of missed placed humor of her screaming at a cemitary so what it should not be a reason to fire her at work it had nothing to do with her job. Yet top officials at our military highest office's view porn at work and yet they still retain their jobs. Any one viewing porn at work should be fired ! People should never be fired for what ever they post on their Facebook page's on their own time. The wrong people are being fired.
Nov 22, 2012 9:20AM
I wonder if they get fired for watching porn..if they'd have the guts to request unmployment?! More so I wonder if our wonderfully disfunctional system would actually approve them!
Nov 22, 2012 6:37AM
These people who watch porn at work are the worst.   Why can't they look at ESPN, check stock quotes, check blogs, buy something on eBay, or check out reviews on Amazon like everyone else?
Nov 22, 2012 6:12AM
WTF?????? Rubbing one out in the cubicle? Gotta be hard up.
Nov 22, 2012 5:58AM

This is a European researcher and a lot of his data came from small studies in foreign populations.  Here in America the EEO laws force employers to monitor the surfing of employees.


People who surf at work leave a clear trail of what they clicked upon down to the milli - second. 


Any company not monitoring for inappropriate web content is begging for an EEO lawsuit on the grounds of a "hostile workplace".


Also, your ISP records everything you click on and those records often end up in government investigations.  If you go to an adult site, the record of that will likely live longer than you do.


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