Office workers spend almost two and a half hours a day sending flirtatious email to each other, according to research just published. Both men and women admitted to spending the time misusing email when they should be working.
Around 30 per cent of men and half as many women said that they sent flirty emails on a daily basis and used the technology to plan their social lives. Other popular uses include gossiping about other staff members, forwarding jokes and job hunting.
Men are more likely to use email to forward porn, the survey found, with around 13 per cent of men and seven per cent of women forwarding naughty images during work hours.
By far the lowest usage of business email was transferring work to a personal email account; only one per cent of men and three per cent of women took time to do this, perhaps because they were too busy flirting or gossiping.
The survey was carried out by email marketing company edesigns.co.uk, and involved 500 office workers around the UK.
Company spokesman Louis Halpern said that men and women were "as bad as each other" for misusing email, but added that women may have been put off electronic flirting since the Claire Swires case, in which an intimate message made its way into inboxes around the world.
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