Internet Abuse In the Workplace

by Ivan C
With advances in websites and the services they provide internet abuse in the workplace has increased. There are three categories in which internet abuse can fall under. These include interactive cyberloafing, browsing work related content, and browsing non work related e-mail (Griffiths). Although there are three different categories internet abuse can fall under, there are several types of abuse to recognize. Cybersexual internet, online friendship/relationship, and internet activity are types of different abuse. The browsing of adult websites during work hours is cybersexual internet abuse (CSIA). This type of abuse usually involves using online sexual services such as watching pornographic picture libraries, videos, and live strip shows (Griffiths). Another form of abuse is an online friendship/relationship. This type of abuse is characterized by using e-mail to contact friends, discussion groups, and using online networking sites. Using the internet for activities such as online shopping, online travel booking, computer gaming, online auctions, and others is known as internet activity abuse. This type of abuse is the most common during work hours and thus lowers the worker’s productivity the most (Griffiths).

Overall reading this article highlighted the abuse that occurs in the workplace every day. After reading this article I realized that my own productivity can be improved if I prevent myself from getting distracted. This article shows that employers care about what content is being browsed during work hours and that internet abuse has a big impact in productivity. This article is related to class in which we, as students, try to improve the interface and services offered over the internet. It is because of us that people go out their way to break rules and surf the web.

 

Work Cited

Griffiths, Mark. “nternet abuse and internet addiction in the workplace.” Journal of Workplace Learning. (2010): n. page. Web. 12 Mar. 2012. <http://0-search.proquest.com.opac.library.csupomona.edu/abicomplete/docview/750216992/1356B3B605C1214E140/3?accountid=10357>.

8 thoughts on “Internet Abuse In the Workplace”

  1. Yeap.. There is a lot of abuse when it comes to the internet I guess. Main problem with it is time consumption. You just waste hours and hours on it browsing and browsing. Can't agree more with your aticle. Good job

  2. I would assume that some companies would have filters to prevent such browsing. I know that where I work at the company has restricted access to certain Web Pages. Such restrictions that you would see at a High School for example, were students are allowed limited access to the web. I understand that not all the companies can do this because the staff needs full access to the web. Companies that cannot add filters, firewalls, or restrict the usage to the web should perhaps monitor productivity and see if any improvements can be done through the change in staff. I was unaware that staff uses company time to surf through adult websites; it’s quite an eye opener. I assumed that those who surf adult websites would rather do that in a private place. I can see how surfing the web can lead to unproductively at the workplace; I believe we have all fallen victims to that at one point or another.

  3. I think most of companies have some sort of proxy server to restrict you to connect to most of contents on internet. However, it cannot prevent all of those abuses, especially from your colleagues or your bosses. I guess, it is just a draw back of the technology.

  4. Most business places have a lot of strong filters in place, I know my first job I worked at a High School, and they were very strict because of the students and in situations like that its important to have strong filters in place. I would argue that every so often a workplace distraction is important for productivity. Given the chance I could find some articles where they detail why an occasional break is a good thing. Nothing is black and white, everything is varying shades of gray.

  5. Most business places have a lot of strong filters in place, I know my first job I worked at a High School, and they were very strict because of the students and in situations like that its important to have strong filters in place. I would argue that every so often a workplace distraction is important for productivity. Given the chance I could find some articles where they detail why an occasional break is a good thing. Nothing is black and white, everything is varying shades of gray.

  6. Speaking from experience, yes it is tempting to check personal emails and do some online shopping, but you just have to have restrain. At my work, we use intranet so everything I do is monitored and evaluated, but even if I wasn't most of the time I'm too busy to really think about it. Plus everywhere you go has free wifi, so you can do all the browsing you want on your lunch or break. But I do agree that the internet can cause less productivity at the workplace.

  7. Speaking from experience, yes it is tempting to check personal emails and do some online shopping, but you just have to have restrain. At my work, we use intranet so everything I do is monitored and evaluated, but even if I wasn't most of the time I'm too busy to really think about it. Plus everywhere you go has free wifi, so you can do all the browsing you want on your lunch or break. But I do agree that the internet can cause less productivity at the workplace.

  8. Its becoming easier and funner to loaf around the work place with the advancement of mobile devices and mobile networks like 4g. People can now completely bypass a company's filtering measures of "cyber loafing" prevention, and do so with extreme style. Video games, video, shopping, almost everything you want can be done on cell phones, which are easy to hide I must add. I don't know if its already possible, but companies might have to find a means of detecting use of these mobile devices if they want to better their methodical practice of draining the happiness out of their employees.

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