Third of mobile workers distracted by porn, report finds - Damovo

Nearly a third of mobile workers are watching porn instead of doing their work, according to a new report released today by Damovo UK.

A whopping 30 percent found porn to be a problem to productivity, meaning that a large chunk of mobile workers cannot resist the urge during work hours. Considering Apple's ban of porn on the iPhone and Steve Jobs' dubbing of Android devices as porn phones, we assume that a large proportion of mobile workers must be Android users.

55 percent of those asked revealed that social notworking is the largest distraction, an understandible figure considering the popularity of websites like Facebook and Twitter. With most phones providing easy access to these sites, often pinging the user whenever there's an update to someone's status, it's no surprise that this would stop workers doing whatever it is they're supposed to be doing, like looking at porn.

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A far lesser threat to productivity is mobile gaming at only 8 percent. Clearly the lure of stacking bricks to make them disappear is not as powerful as the lure of getting paid for actually doing some work. That said, if people playing Farmville on Facebook counts towards social notworking and not mobile gaming then we probably know why the numbers are skewed.

Slightly below the mobile gaming bracket is mobile TV at 7 percent. Watching an episode of your favourite TV show just isn't the same on a two or three inch screen, but it's obviously enough to distract some workers.

92 percent of those surveyed said that the distractions to mobile working increased the more their business began to work remotely using mobile technology. 

95 percent believed that their businesses would become even more mobile over the next decade, probably resulting in yet more lost productivity.

Managers are finding it difficult to address the problem. 63 percent found it hard to enforce mobile usage policies, while 83 percent wanted to be able to see what their workers are using their mobiles for to ensure that productivity is not being wasted. Considering what nearly a third of workers are up to, we're not so sure spying on them is a good idea.

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