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NSFW? Workers Reveal Their Favorite Online Distractions

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Workers reveal the websites they visit most at work. / Credit: Website image via Shutterstock

Admit it: You occasionally waste time at work watching YouTube videos and checking Facebook. And guess what? You're not alone. A new report finds that, on average, employees spend about 8 hours a week goofing off online. But where do these procrastinators spend the most time?

A recent report from Rawstream — a provider of cloud-based, Web-filtering software — highlights the most popular sites employees visit while they're at work. The report found that, when it comes to at-work social networks, Facebook is the site of choice, with 68 percent of employees choosing to waste time there. LinkedIn was a distant second, with only 18 percent of workers saying they visited the site at work. [Top 10 Time Sucks at Work]

Though employees often visit social networking sites to slack off, they're not the most frequented nonwork-related sites: YouTube was found to be the No. 1 online destination for employees looking for a little diversion.

While Facebook accounted for just 2 percent of browser requests in a given month (April 2014), YouTube accounted for 12 percent. Workers who frequent streaming media sites like YouTube were found to spend an average of 17.6 hours a week on such sites.

In comparison, employees who prefer to waste time reading, instead of watching or listening, spent an average of 12 hours a week on personal sites and blogs, like Reddit, Wordpress and Tumblr. Moreover, employees spend an average of more than 11 hours a week checking their personal email accounts and nearly as much time playing games online.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Rawstream report found that the most popular time for employees to slack off is Friday, midday, with 24 percent of users checking social networks at that time. Workers also tend to wander toward social media sites late in the day on Thursdays (21 percent of users) and in the early afternoon on Mondays (20 percent of users). 

While YouTube was found to be the most popular site for workers to visit during office hours, and Facebook was the most popular social networking site, several other sites made the list of popular destinations for slackers:

  • Apple.com
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo.com
  • Amazon.com
  • Microsoft.com
  • GooglePlus
  • AOL.com
  • Dropbox
  • Pinterest
  • Google Video
  • iCloud
  • Adobe

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth writes about innovative technologies and business trends. She has traveled throughout the Americas in her roles as student, English teacher, Spanish language interpreter and freelance writer. She graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University.