Conducted by the Center for e-Service at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and Rockbridge Associates, the survey found employees with both home and work Internet access spend an average of 3.7 hours per week engaged in personal online activities while on the job, but they spend more time an average of 5.9 hours per week using the Internet at home for work-related purposes.
According to the survey, conducted in December, fully 85 percent of survey participants with online Web access at work admitted using the Internet on the job for personal purposes. The survey found that workers who do not have Internet access at home spend average of 6.5 hours per week doing personal Web business at work, compared with 3.7 hours per week spent online by those who do have home access.
Other findings of the survey include:
* 18 percent of adult Internet users conducted a transaction on a federal government Web site during the previous 12 months, up from the 11 percent reported in 2001;
* 22 percent of adult Internet users checked account information with a telephone, gas, or electric company, up from 13 percent in 2001; <.li>
* 20 percent of adult Internet users paid a credit card bill online, up from 15 percent in 2001; and
* 23 percent of adult Internet users paid a bill, other than a credit card, online, up from 16 percent in 2001.