The Office Becoming Top Place to View Online Porn

Business meeting, client lunch, view Web porn. It’s a pattern happening at offices more often than many people realize, says recent research.

According to a report from Women Citizen, the office has become one of the top environments in which people view online pornography. Some former porn addicts, including Michael Leahy, author of Porn Nation, said he recalled spending some entire work days viewing Internet pornography.

In some cases, employees may be using the handheld technology or smartphones provided to them by employers to view pornography, believing it to be more anonymous than their computer or their home-based technologies. In a June 2011 report from Harris Interactive and Qumu, almost 50 percent of employees surveyed in a group of more than 2,500 said they believed pornography viewing was happening in their workplace with smartphones. Three percent reported they were viewing pornographic videos in the workplace.

The problem, says Leahy, can start out with an employee viewing a few minutes of porn on the job – but then quickly progresses to an hour, and then an entire day, as the person loses control. The fears of getting caught can lessen as the porn addiction becomes more invasive.

For some, including Leahy, the job site can become the only place where a pornography addict can count on accessing Web pornography. Viewing the sites online at home with a spouse and children present was too dangerous, says Leahy, and because he was addicted to the material, only one option remained – the workplace.