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Watching Porn Linked To Higher Unethical Behavior At Work

The debate over the effects of watching porn continues. For some, it is art and educational, while other people refuse to accept the idea that pornographic content offers any benefit. 

Researchers back critics who believe watching porn can negatively influence people. A new study, published in the Journal of Business Ethics, suggests that employees who view pornography during work hours can harm the company. 

For business leaders, the act of watching any kind of content at work is a problem. It costs companies millions of dollars in wasted time.

But the study focused on how employees interact in the workplace. Researchers said that pornography consumption could increase unethical behavior. 

"Pornography is often framed as an issue affecting only individuals and relationships outside of a business context," Melissa Lewis-Western, study co-author and professor of accountancy at the Brigham Young University, said in a statement. "But businesses are made up of people, and people make decisions, and businesses function off the decisions people make."

The findings come from the analysis of the behavior of 200 participants and data from a survey of 1,000 other individuals. Researchers conducted a series of experiments where participants recalled and recorded their most recent experience viewing pornography and exercising.

All participants were later asked to watch a 10-minute video showing only a blue background with a monotone voice speaking with subtitles. Analyzing their responses, the researchers found that 21 percent of people who watched porn ahead of the experiment did not finish viewing the video but lied about it. 

The team said porn was also associated to a 163 percent increase in shirking work and lying. Porn also encouraged some participants to view others as objects or less than human, which contributed to unethical behavior at work. 

The researchers said that porn consumption may increase the incidence of sexual harassment or hostile work environments in the workplace.

"If you have a larger portion of your employees that are consuming pornography at work, it's likely changing their behaviors and those changes are likely negative," Lewis-Western said. "We need to refrain from viewing pornography to create work environments that are inclusive to all."

The researchers suggested that companies should work to reduce pornography consumption during work hours. Some efforts may include internet filters and blocking devices, policies that prohibit porn consumption and hiring employees who are less likely to view porn.

office A new study suggests that employees who view pornography during work hours can harm the company and fellow workers. Pixabay

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