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Do you think it is bad to surf adult sites at work ?

  1. Jun 12, 2003 #1
    Do you think it is bad to surf porn sites at work ?
    Non ethical ?
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  3. Jun 12, 2003 #2
    as long as it doesn't interfer with your job, surf away. (but try to control yourself :wink:)
  4. Jun 12, 2003 #3
    definately, i would fire anyone I hired that looked at porn at the office.
  5. Jun 12, 2003 #4


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    Most companies will respond badly if they catch you. Not a good idea.
  6. Jun 12, 2003 #5

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    Personally, and I am not a prude in any sense of the word, I would try to keep it totally separate from work. I don't think it's "bad" as in immoral, but consider the practical side of it. What sort of mood do you want to be in at work? Ready to jump somebody? Once you start, it might open little mental doors in your head and make the next step easier. But if you set high standards of professionalism, you will never have to worry about anything because of your behavior (like inadvertantly getting caught one evening, or leaving a trace on the computer).
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  7. Jun 12, 2003 #6


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    Good or bad is inmaterial. I get caught surffing the naughties I get fired. I don't surf the naughties.
  8. Jun 13, 2003 #7
    i am with Greg Bernhardt here,

    I would not like people i hired to look up porn - your at work..you don't look up porn..its loss of production and it gives a bad image to your company.
  9. Jun 13, 2003 #8
    Depends on what business your in
  10. Jun 13, 2003 #9
    how about if you surfed it after office hour, using company PC ?
  11. Jun 13, 2003 #10
    It is unethical, a very poor choice, and yes you will most likely be fired.

    So i too agree with Greg.
  12. Jun 13, 2003 #11

    You may not be aware but one international company I used to work for can and did keep track of computer activities of their employees. You might think you are safe by removing your tracks after you finish, but I know people who did exactly that and yet were fired when the administrators saw where they had surfing. You better be careful if you value your job.
    Computers and the Internet are lots of fun, but when you have agreed to work for someone in exchange for their hard earned money, you really ought to work, not play. This is, however, somewhat flexible depending on the nature of your job. If you had a lot of idle time between periods of activity it might not be so bad, but it also might not be so bad to seek permission first too. We are all human and enjoy our 'playtime' (whatever it might consist of), but if the chances are that you would be getting yourself or someone else into trouble then I would think long and hard, teehehe, before surfing the porn sites.
  13. Jun 13, 2003 #12
    Companies are opposed to having such content because they can be sued if another employee walks into your office and sees your porn.

    Therefore, I too would lockdown my employees' access to such content, and move to immediately review the job position of anyone caught violating that rule.
  14. Jun 13, 2003 #13
    it is only ok if you do it under this condtion...on the foreing guys computer
  15. Jun 13, 2003 #14
    When I was a manager, there were no computers at work, but if there had been, and I caught an employee at it, BYE!

    I would NOT! very un-professional.

    PS Actually I have never surfed porn, not ever!

    (at least not on the net, I was young, once, just before they invented dirt, sooooo)
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    IMHO, the ethics of the situation does not really depend on whether you are in the office, or not. If you think porn is bad, it is pretty much bad everywhere.

    But practicality wise, I would think that you would be betraying the trust of the employer if you have him pay for "work time" that you spend looking at porn.
  17. Jun 14, 2003 #16
    I like the point that Considering made about when somebody else sees it and has a problem with it.

    Other than that, I personally, ethically would think of it just like any other non-work activity, but I am not normal. Most employers would definitely frown very much upon it, much more than playing solitaire.
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    That reminds me. Has there been any sort of study into the effects of passive pornograph? :wink:
  19. Jun 14, 2003 #18


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    Aren't a lot of porn sites privately owned & run? If so, it would seem that each time you visit one, you run the risk of downloading a virus. This may be a risk you are willing to take with your own PC, but your employer might have very a different attitude to your exposure of his system to this risk. It would seem that promiscuity on the 'net, just as in real life, brings with it the risk of viral infection.

    So, if you do look at porn, please make sure you at least wear eye protection; wouldn't want you to git that thar "visual aids" I've heard about!
  20. Jun 20, 2003 #19
    speaking as a network admin, I have to say that unless YOU are the network admin at a company, and no one else has access to the firewall logs, you will get caught eventually..You may have been lucky so far, but everything gets recorded on a network. Especially external traffic like web-surfing. And unless you have acess to your firewall logs, you could wipe out your entire hard drive and it's still there, so there's no way to erase your tracks.

    Ethical or not, Most public,private, and government instituions including schools track, if not monitor that type of activity. And I can't think of a single one who would be ok with it, so you're playing with fire there;)

    I remember once at a job I worked we caught a very important VP with gigs of porn on his laptop. And not just tame stuff either.. it was bordering on kiddie porn. Because of his importance to the company, there was a big investigation, but needless to say he was gone in under a week. And he had a wife and 2 kids. Imagine that conversation at home. "honey I got canned today for surfing porn..."
  21. Jun 22, 2003 #20
    If you work as a porn site developer, then I'd say no.

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