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Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, who has also contributed to numerous national business titles including Utility Week, the Municipal Journal, Environment Journal and consumer titles such as Classic Rock.
June 5, 2018

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Workers admit using company computers to check up on exes

The overwhelming majority of British workers are using company technology to check up on their former partners via social media, according to a new survey.

A survey of more than 3,000 people by the health and safety consultancy found 95% of workers have used company time and equipment to look up exes on websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, despite having smartphones and computers of their own.

The reasons given range from longing for a second chance to some just being “curious”.

The nationwide survey found some regional variations, with 97% of workers in Leeds admitting their had used social media to see how former partners were doing, while in Bristol the number was slightly lower at 91%.

One person surveyed admitted to spending four hours a month scrolling through social media feeds, while the average was around 1.5 hours.

“We understand that it can be difficult during a break-up but this type of social media se – and the time it takes away from the employee doing their actual job – is costing employers on average £15 per person,” said’s head of employment law, Chris Hall.

“When you multiply that by the number of lovesick workers using company computers to check up on their exes, that’s billions of pounds each year.”


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