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Want to surf porn at work? Get an iPhone

28 May

It’s iPad launch day in Canada and many other countries around the world, so you’ll doubtlessly be inundated with media coverage of Apple’s new “magical” and “revolutionary” product (hey, I’m one of the guilty parties… I’ve got to write about it too). One Apple-related tidbit that caught my eye yesterday was a story about how porn surfing is popular during the work day.

The Canadian Press story, via The Globe and Mail, takes a long look at sex addiction and how it fuels looking at porn at work. The story cites statistics that have shown that porn sites get about 70 per cent of their traffic during the 9-5 work day, which is consistent to what I found while researching Sex, Bombs and Burgers. The numbers I found and the industry folks I spoke to pretty much agreed.

The one thing that’s always bugged me about that stat, though, is whether it’s really, actually true. I don’t know about you, but I’ve almost never known a co-worker at any place I’ve worked to actually look at porn on their computer during work hours. The notable exception – and isn’t it ironic – was at The Globe and Mail, where a couple people got busted for it in my time there. But still, over the hundreds or thousands of people I’ve worked with, there have only been one or two. The anecdotal evidence there doesn’t seem to match up with the 70 per cent cited.

It’s possible that maybe the places I’ve worked are not representative of the general populace. Maybe journalists are more aware of the fact that such information is tracked, so they refrain from viewing porn at work? I dunno, it’s a mystery. If anyone has any theories, I’d love to hear ’em.

In any event, the Apple-related item that caught my eye in the CP story was a quote from Fiorella Callocchia, a management consultant, providing some very sound advice:

“If you’re serious about keeping your job, you’ve got your breaks, your lunch, you’ve got your own BlackBerry. Get an iPhone and do what you want to do on your time.”

Ha! As Stephen Colbert would say, “Eat it Steve Jobs!” As I carped on the other day, it’s hilarious that a management consultant is advising people to get an iPhone if they want to look at porn inconspicuously, which runs completely counter to Jobs’ holier-than-thou claims that the iPhone (and iPad) deliver “freedom from porn.”

Quite the contrary – as the porn business has been saying all along, the iPhone is porn’s best friend.

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