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Web Access Beats Coffee as a Perk

Surfing the Internet may be more addictive than coffee, according to a recent survey done for Websense, the San Diego-based maker of software that allows businesses to manage their employees’ Internet use.

To a question on whether they would rather give up their morning cup of joe or the ability to use the Internet at work for personal reasons, 52 percent said they’d give up coffee.

The survey found that Internet use at the office has been rising, with 93 percent saying they spend at least some part of their day online, up from 86 percent last year.

Among those employees who can access the Internet at work, the average amount of time spent online is 12.6 hours per week, and half of these workers say they use the Web for personal reasons.

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The average time spent surfing non-work Web sites is 3.4 hours per week, the survey found. The most popular sites accessed are news (81 percent), personal e-mail (61 percent), online banking (58 percent), travel (56 percent), and shopping (52 percent).

More men check out non-work related sites than women, 62 percent for men vs. 54 percent of women, and , surprise , more men view pornography sites than women. The percentages may be the surprise: 23 percent of men admitting they viewed porn, while 12 percent of women did as well.

Websense, which sold more than $34 million of its selective Web site-blocking software in the first quarter, hired Harris Interactive to conduct what it called the Web@Work survey. Harris polled 100 decision-makers and 500 employees during February to come up with the results.

, Mike Allen

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