News, shopping sites top Internet use at work

Workers spend more than eight hours per week surfing sites not related to their jobs
||Last Updated: 04/10/2003

If workers are forced to choose between coffee and a connection to the Internet, most would leave the Starbucks cup behind.

A new study shows workers spend upward of 20 per cent of their time at the office surfing the Web for reasons not related to work — or about 8.3 hours per week. The majority of them said they’d sooner give up coffee than their link to the Web.

The study, conducted by Websense Inc., a San Diego-based company that makes software to help monitor employee Internet use, shows news sites and shopping are the most popular distractions.