Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What are you surfing for at work?

Did you shop on Cyber Monday? A survey of U.S. consumers revealed 13% of workers with access to a computer spent 3+ hours online shopping and window shopping.

Another study shows a quarter of employees who use the Internet at work visit porn sites during the workday.

The number of employees who view and download porn in the workplace has become so bad, that it has created opportunity for software makers make products that will deter those who are tempted. CNET posted a recent article on a new product that is a forensic tool used to detect suspicious online activity.

I worked in radio for many years...and there's always a horny male DJ or two who will surf for and download porn when no one else is around. Heck, I was even the board op for a morning DJ who would check out porn during commercial breaks. He wouldn't stop even when I asked him I let my boss handle it.

I've never visited porn sites while at work (or at home for that matter), and I don't shop online at work either. BUT I am guilty of being a headline junky. Let me explain....

I will check Drudge at least 3-4 times a day. He doesn't change his headlines very often, so I also check out CNN ( I love how they have the bullet point story highlights at the top).

On my phone I have Fox News Mobile bookmarked...and because they don't change their headlines often enough for my liking, I also have MSN mobile bookmarked.

How much time in lost productivity, creativity, etc. do I accumulate while surfing the headlines? I don't know. I don't really care. It's my thing.

So...what are you surfing for at work? What's your thing?

- Mary-Lynn

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