XXX Files – Porn at Work on the Rise

XXX Files - Porn at Work on the Rise
Sure, many would kill to be able to look at porn while at work. Even more would love to be making porn at or for work. But now more and more employees are indulging their porn fantasies at their 9-to-5 jobs.

M.J. McMahon, publisher of AVN Online Magazine, recently reported that the Nielsen Online ratings (yes…the same company that rates the TV programs) show that roughly one quarter of employees view porn at their workplace during working hours. That’s up 23% – which shows that they’ve been tracking this for a long time!

Steve Hirsch, CEO of Vivid Entertainment Group, attributes the upswing to the failing economy. “People are looking for an escape,” he said. And that’s most likely true. But we also live in a point-and-click world and many who are now entering the workforce are used to having whatever they want, whenever they want it, right at their fingertips. Many have no inhibitions about clicking on a porn site and then hitting the Alt+Tab buttons as they see the boss approaching to hide what they’re doing.

In a recent Newsweek article, Dawn Adams, CEO of HResults, said:
Managers are dealing with so many issues right now that sometimes people are able to hide out and no one knows what they’re doing.

And with the increase in free porn sites, it’s easier for many to access. Viewers aren’t afraid of logging in and out of them quickly and there’s no credit card bill to argue with the spouse over. And the stigma over porn in general isn’t as scandalous as it once was. After video tapes brought porn into most homes and out of the seedy movie theaters, the idea of casually watching two (or more!) people engaging in a wide variety of sexual acts became common.

Do I disagree with porn in the workplace? Only if it’s not your job to be viewing it while working. There is a fine line to be drawn between personal choice and freedom and the responsibility of employees to do what they’re paid to do. It also could bring about a sexual harassment issue if someone looks over your shoulder and sees something he or she doesn’t like. Also, some adult content sites harbor viruses, adware, and spyware. These cause computer systems to crash and can lead your employer’s IT department right back to the source.

In Washington, DC, nine city employees were fired for viewing porn sites thousands of times over the Internet while on the job. Reportedly, one was a Child and Family Services employee and another reportedly logged hits every 2.5 minutes.

The argument over lost productivity versus freedom to surf during an unpaid break will go on forever. The best rule of thumb is if it’s not your personal computer or you’re getting paid to do something other than look at porn, it’s best not to do it. That five minute (or five hour, in some cases!) peep at a bit of forbidden goodness could cost you not only your job but financial responsibility should your employer charge you the extra cost of cleaning their computer systems. It also could cost you dearly if someone files sexual harassment charges. And unless you have an open relationship where both parties agree on the use of porn, it could cost you even more with your significant other.

Don’t always assume that your boss doesn’t know what you’re doing. Enjoy porn! Just be sure to enjoy it responsibly.

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