I would say that most of us consider ourselves working men. Some of us go in early and get off late while others go in late and get off early. We take pride in our jobs.If we take pride in what we do and work hard to get to the positions we are in then why do we risk it all to access porn at work? The Nielson Company reports that more than 21 million Americans accessed adult websites on work computers in March.That’s 29 percent of working adults.On average, users who looked at adult websites spent about an hour and 45 minutes on the sites in March, according to Nielson.”Adult” sites were the fifth most accessed subcategory of sites accessed by workers (ranked by time spent per person), after member communities, online games, e-mail and instant messaging. It beat out classifieds/auctions and current events/global news, among other areas. A 2004 study revealed that 70% of all online porn access occurs during the 9-5 workday.
If porn use were just like any other harmless pastime, recreational outlet or hobby, then putting it off until after work hours would be no big deal. But pornography is more than just a fun outlet. The workplace can be a very pressurized, stressful, anxiety-producing environment. It can also be boring and even depressing. All of these are potential triggers that motivate individuals to seek different forms of pleasure, escape and self-medication. (Boredom was the excuse the Florida senator used when caught looking at porn on the Senate floor.) With the push of a mouse button, they can view porn and instantly release massive amounts of powerful neuro-chemicals in the brain—the same type of chemicals triggered by street-drug use. It’s not hard to understand why there are tens of millions in the workplace self-medicating with Internet pornography. The amazing thing to me is that after being warned employees continue viewing porn at the risk of losing their job. So what in the world is it about Internet porn that causes people to act so illogical and become so narrowly focused that they toss aside everything they really care about? It’s like Gone With the Wind, when Rhett Butler coldly declares to Scarlett O’Hara, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
We look at porn because we like the way it makes us feel. We like that our immagination can run wild. We like sex! Thats it. There is nothing wrong with liking sex and the feelings that go along with it. God created it! The problem comes when we take it out of biblical context and follow our own path. We need some self control. The disciplines you establish today will determine your success tomorrow. But it takes more than just willpower for lasting self-control. It takes a power greater than yourself. Think about this promise from the Bible: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT).
True happiness can only be found on the inside of your being in your connection and personal relationship with Jesus. All the porn that is out there for the taking will not give you this kind of true inner happiness and fulfillment.