Recently, British news broke that four judges in the U.K. were fired for watching porn on court computers. The U.K.’s Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said that while the porn that was viewed was not illegal, the judges’ actions were an “inexcusable misuse of their judicial I.T. accounts” and was “wholly unacceptable conduct for a judicial office holder.”

But these men are not alone. Not even close. One guy in Baltimore was recently canned for watching 39 hours of porn on his work computer over a two week period. That was nearly half of his total time on the job and equated to almost $2,000 in wages. There are also numerous reports of police officers watching porn while on duty and in their patrol cars.

We received this message a few days ago from a Fighter who ran into a similar situation:

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All we can say is wow.

Unfortunately, this behavior is just a fact of life in this day and age. We live in a generation where the most hardcore porn is completely free and available 24/7 with just the click of a mouse. Because of this, more and more people are putting their jobs at risk by looking at porn during work hours.

In 2010, the Nielson Company reported that within the span of just one month, more than 21 million Americans accessed adult websites on work computers. That’s 29 percent of working adults who viewed porn at work. And that was just one month. On average, the workers who looked at adult websites spent about an hour and 45 minutes on the sites within that month and the average time per session spent looking at porn as 12 minutes and 38 seconds.

Finally, in the report, it was stated that “adult sites” were the fifth most accessed category by workers.

Once again, this was all just recorded in only a one month span.

And it gets worse. A lot worse.

Since the Nielson study was only a report of one month, let’s talk about the entire scope of the issue. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, 70 percent of all online pornography access occurs between 9 AM and 5 PM, translating to the fact that 1-in-5 employees access porn at work.

Then, in a 2014 study of male porn users, researchers focused on the risks that they took to keep viewing pornography. Specifically, the survey asked how often the men viewed porn at work. This is what they found:

Because most companies have a zero tolerance policy for looking at porn at work, (i.e. if you get caught looking at porn at work you get fired) viewing porn at work is a significant risk of harm. Yet, over one-half (52%) of men age 18-30 admit to risking their careers and livelihood by viewing porn at work within the past 3 months. The numbers are even higher for men ages 31-49, with nearly three-fourths (74%) watching porn at work. In addition, 14% of men ages 18-30 and 20% of men ages 31-49 admitted that they viewed porn more than 10 times at work in the past 90 days.

It goes without saying, this is a huge issue.

It’s a concerning fact that working men and women can’t leave porn at home for the time they’re on the clock, even if it means losing their job. Doesn’t that say something about how viewers can become increasingly dependent on porn, so much so that it affects all facets of their lives?

Science has shown that pornography is addictive and harms the brain of the user. And not only does it harm the viewer, but has serious negative effects on their relationships and their sex life. And besides the obvious fact that porn is a huge waste of time, viewing it can also make the viewer depressed and anxious, and make them perform worse at their job.

Need we say more?

Not only is it a bad idea to watch porn at work, but it’s a bad idea to watch it at all.

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