Workers Spend 25% of Time Goofing Off Online
As you read this while you're supposed to be working, you're just finding out that one quarter of office time is spent online for decidedly un-work-related purposes. Surpriiiiiise!
I have an airtight excuse: I must test our Facebook app daily. Our CTO handed me the edict personally. So there you have it, your honor.
Actually, when I used to work in normal offices, I would keep a recent spreadsheet open, and be ready with the Ctl-Tab to bring it to the foreground, thus disguising my perusals of old-skool stuff like Plastic and Stickdeath. This one time, though, I did some ranking work for Alltrue Networks* (before they went under and subsequently resurfaced), and my specific task was to view lo-fi homemade porn clips (this was pre-Youtube; they were way ahead of their time, doing user-generated content before it was a buzzword) and rate them on an "extreme scale". It was actually more boring than it sounded. Ironically, I had my tax forms with me, and would goof off by filling them out. How sad is that?!
Network security consultant firm Voco says that CEOs and CIOs of companies are often completely unaware of what employees are doing online during work hours, allowing them (especially the tech-savvy ones) to get away with all sorts of online goofing off. Employees tend to spend work time browsing eBay auctions, using online dating or social networking sites, chatting over IM, and more, and they do it for just over a quarter of the time they spend at work.
Sometimes, employees also make use of company resources to engage in nefarious activities, like downloading movies and music over P2P.
Or so I'm told.
(* I won't link to them here, since it has NSFW content)