There are two types of people – those who admit to viewing NSFW content at the office and those who deny it. One way or the other, we’ve all occasionally accessed the kind of content at work that we know we shouldn’t have.
But the subject becomes more divisive when it comes to ‘adult’ content in the strictest sense of the word. From mainstream porn sites to private cam services to all types of weird and wonderful virtual se$, millions of workers (men and women alike) have been caught red-handed…quite literally.
Some high-profile cases have even been of politicians being busted watching porn in parliament and (understandably) having their asses handed to them in the process.
Everybody knows that taking risks like these could see you fired from your job and generally disgraced. Depending on the adult content you’re viewing at work, your relationship could also cost you.
A Popular Workplace Pastime
Putting an accurate figure to a whole thing isn’t easy, given how most people prefer to keep their private activities private. Even so, a survey conducted on 2000 adults in the US (who promised to be 100% honest) found that almost 65% of men had watched porn at work within the past three months. Meanwhile, 38% admitted to watching porn in the workplace much more frequently.
Interestingly, 36% of women had also watched adult content at work within the past three months, and 13% did so regularly.
Of course, the actual figures would almost certainly be exponentially higher than these. Incredibly, data published by the Press Association after the freedom of information request found that in a single year, more than 24,000 attempts to access pornography were blocked by the Wi-Fi systems of the British parliament.
Again, this begs the question – why are so many people willing to take such big risks? Is there something uniquely satisfying about accessing adult content at work, or are people simply unable to control their urges until the end of the working day?
Why Risk It?
A study of 2,500 people in Hungary uncovered several common reasons for watching adult content in the workplace. Unsurprisingly, the most common reason for viewing porn at work was a basic pleasure – 45% said they did it purely for entertainment purposes.
Meanwhile, 12% cited, which may in part suggest they saw whether they could. But even more interesting was how 10% said they satisfied their fantasies concerning unobtainable se$ual experiences.
There were no indications that any of those who admitted to watching porn at work had any porn addictions. Still, some did say that they found adult content to be a welcome distraction from emotional issues, anxiety, and stress.
While it wasn’t cited directly by any participants, the researchers who performed the study suggested that many who access prohibited content at work almost certainly do so for strange reasons. Getting away with something you know you shouldn’t be doing is a low-key act of low-level rebellion, which brings the satisfaction of feeling you have got one up on your employer.
Hence, the more dissatisfied you are with your job and the more content you have for your boss, the more likely it is that you’ll get up to things in artwork you probably shouldn’t be doing.
Zero Tolerance Policies
Unfortunately, society’s increasingly relaxed attitudes to porn (and adult content in general) do not extend to the workplace. This is completely understandable, given how the brazen consumption and distribution of adult material at work results in many employees being exposed to pornographic/explicit content without their consent.
Something which, depending on mitigating circumstances, could be a criminal offense.
This is prompting employers in growing numbers to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for consuming pornographic material in the workplace. Something that extends to using their computers and Wi-Fi systems to access porn and using their mobile device to your thing.
Still, because the risk associated with the whole thing is where the thrill lies for many, this growing clampdown is unlikely to make much of a difference. If tens of thousands of people are willing to risk their jobs and their reputations by attempting to watch porn in parliament, what chance does the average workplace have?