French workers waste an hour a day on surfing, study finds

Mar 20, 2013
French workers spend nearly one hour a day at the office surfing the Internet for non-professional uses, with Facebook and YouTube their favourite sites, according to a study published Wednesday.

French workers spend nearly one hour a day at the office surfing the Internet for non-professional uses, with Facebook and YouTube their favourite sites, according to a study published Wednesday.

The study found that on average French workers spent 57 minutes per day on the Internet for personal use, or 59 percent of the total time they use the Web.

Conducted by Olfeo, a firm which sells software that allows companies to filter and secure Internet traffic, said the personal use of the Web by employees caused a 13.6 percent to firms.

Olfeo found that upon their arrival to work French employees like to consult news sites and catch up on social networks.

During lunch hours they favour watching online, listening to the radio or playing online games.

Before heading home French workers check traffic and weather reports, or kill time on entertainment sites.

The study, conducted in 2012 based on 100 firms with 80,000 employees, found that French workers who stay at the office after 7 pm used the Internet to work.

The social networking site was the top website for personal traffic at French workplaces, followed by the video-sharing site YouTube.

Explore further: Former federal agent pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins

Related Stories

No Facebook at work in most US companies

Oct 08, 2009

More than half of US companies do not allow employees to visit social networks such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter while at work, according to a new survey.

French regulator bars 'Follow us on Twitter' on TV

Jun 06, 2011

(AP) -- Broadcasters in France must not use promotional lines like "Follow us on Twitter" or "Find us on Facebook" on the air because they violate a ban on secret advertising, a regulator says.

Expat French get Internet vote for first time

Feb 10, 2012

French citizens will for the first time this year be able to vote in a parliamentary election over the Internet, an experiment that could be extended to other elections if successful.

Recommended for you

Former federal agent pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins

2 hours ago

A former undercover federal agent pleaded guilty to extortion and related charges after acknowledging he channeled more than $700,000 in digital currency from the Silk Road online drug bazaar he was investigating.

New approach to online compatibility

Jun 30, 2015

Many of the online social networks match users with each other based on common keywords and assumed shared interests based on their activity. A new approach that could help users find new friends and contacts with a greater ...

Most internet anonymity software leaks users' details

Jun 29, 2015

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are legal and increasingly popular for individuals wanting to circumvent censorship, avoid mass surveillance or access geographically limited services like Netflix and BBC ...

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

Jun 29, 2015

WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France's top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Lurker2358
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 20, 2013
Facebook is the most useless site ever invented. It's also the biggest rip-off. It's just a bad internet forum which serves no purpose except as a pure gossip engine.

At least Youtube is a place to easily view and publish home video, for whatever reason.

Conducted by Olfeo, a firm which sells software that allows companies to filter and secure Internet traffic, said the personal use of the Web by employees caused a 13.6 percent productivity loss to firms.


how sad.

I have a relative who works at a cloud computing company, and they found letting employees goof off and play video games or shoot Nerf guns for 30 minutes or so per day actually increases their total productivity.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.