Half of Americans Use the Internet for Personal Reasons While at Work, Says FindLaw.com Survey

19 Nov, 2015, 05:20 ET from FindLaw.com

EAGAN, Minn., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a temptation too great for many people to resist – using the Internet to check your Facebook page, watch those cat videos or check on your Fantasy League while you're at work.

A new survey from FindLaw.com, the most popular legal information website, says about half of us are surfing the Internet when we should be working.

Fifty percent of adult Americans admit using the Internet for personal use while at work. Email and social media are the biggest culprits. Here are the top personal uses of the Internet while at work:

Personal email  

34%


News              

27%


Facebook         

26%


Online shopping   

23%


YouTube or other videos

19%


Sports                        

13%


Other social media       

10%


Online dating              

3%


Other                       

14%


Boredom or avoiding work is the number one excuse that people gave, while others blame a poor Internet connection at home.

Bored/avoiding work          

28%


Didn't want to wait until after work           

21%


Better Internet connection at work          

13%


Not enough time at home                       

8%


No Internet at home                   

3%


Wanted to hide activity from family 

3%


"While employees are entitled to some privacy at work, it's important to remember that your workspace and your computer belong to your employer," said Tanya Roth, an attorney and editor with FindLaw.com. "So your employers is generally entitled to monitor your use of their computers. In addition, any activity that is judged to be interfering with or distracting an employee from their duties may not be looked upon favorably. So employees should be mindful of any company rules on use of computers and the Internet."

Free information on employment law and workers' rights can be found on websites such as FindLaw's Employment Law section (http://civilrights.findlaw.com/other-constitutional-rights/voting-rights.html). 

The FindLaw survey was conducted using a survey of a demographically balanced sample of 1,000 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percent.

Note to editors: Full survey results and analysis are available upon request.

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FindLaw
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alex.cook@thomsonreuters.com

 

SOURCE FindLaw.com



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