NU Online News Service, July 6, 11:23 a.m. – The Society of Financial Services Professionals, Bryn Mawr, Pa., says only 41% of the Web users it surveyed for a study on technology and ethics confessed to surfing the Web for personal reasons at work.

But society researchers found that 68% of the participants reported seeing colleagues using the Web for personal reasons.

Society researchers also found that survey participants were far more critical of some uses of an employer’s computers than others. Ninety-three percent agreed that sabotaging an employer’s systems was “highly unethical” but only 37% said using the Web to search for another job during work hours was unethical, and only 14% said using a company e-mail account for personal e-mail was unethical.

Participants expressed more concern about possible abuses of computers by businesses and government agencies: more than 85% agreed that invasions of privacy by business and the government would cause “very serious problems” or “somewhat serious problems” this century.

Society researchers based the results on an online survey of 1,130 respondents who use computers for business purposes.