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Americans are Watching Porn at Work

Americans are Watching Porn at Work

 

Americans want to bring their mobile devices to work. What they do with them when they get there is another story.

According to a recent survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of Qumu, a business video platform provider, 61 percent of Americans who are online think that companies should allow employees to use whatever mobile device they choose for work-related tasks.

The survey found that a majority of online Americans (64 percent) are watching online videos at work, but men are significantly more likely than women to say they have ever watched any kind of online video while at work (53 percent versus 34 percent).  And while 17 percent of all online Americans have watched online company videos at their work, that’s not all they admit to watching.  Other items they watch include:

  • News clips (25 percent)
  • Viral videos (15 percent)
  • Videos posted on social networking sites (12 percent)
  • Sports events/sports clips (11 percent)
  • Television shows (9 percent)
  • Full-length feature films (4 percent)
  • Other online videos (3 percent)
  • Pornography (3 percent)

Watching video at work can be a serious problem for business IT departments, according to Qumu, which estimates that a  90-second video clip is 700 times larger than the average email and there are more than 30 combinations of video formats to support for mobile devices.  However, only 9 percent of online Americans believe employees are “very aware” of what kind of effects watching online videos on their mobile devices at work have may have on the speed and bandwidth of their company’s wireless Internet network (if that is how the online content is being accessed).  Half of online Americans (50 percent) think employees are at least somewhat aware of these effects of online video in the workplac .

Jeanette Mulvey
Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanette has been writing about business for more than 20 years. She has written about every kind of entrepreneur from hardware store owners to fashion designers. Previously she was a manager of internal communications for Home Depot. Her journalism career began in local newspapers. She has a degree in American Studies from Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitter @jeanettebnd.