A quarter of people stay online during sex

Posted by Emma Woollacott

What are you doing now, at the same time as reading this article? Be honest, now - because security firm PC Tools has done a survey, and says lots of you like to get jiggy while online.

The survey of 1,000-odd Americans, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that a quarter thought it was perfectly acceptable to go online during sex.

In fact, the results indicate, almost anything goes. For many, chatting to God is less important than chatting to one's Facebook friends, with eight percent thinking it was okay to go online in church. For six percent, this even applied during a wedding service.

The swankiness of the venue has a lot to do with it, says PC Tools. Forty-one percent of people think it's fine to be plugged in during dinner at home with family and friends, but only 26 percent say it's okay at a fancy restaurant.

But it's no laughing matter, says PC Tools' VP of sales and marketing Stephanie Edwards - who's got software to sell, after all.

"While some of these results may seem amusing, they show that staying connected is a very serious issue to many, no matter what the circumstance," she says sternly.

"Because Americans are interacting with the internet everywhere and at all times, we need protection and performance tools that are effective, affordable and above all, simple."

Another part of the survey examined just how horrible it is cleaning out one's computer registry to prevent crashes and improve speed. Apparently, 43 percent of people reckoned it was worse than changing a baby's diaper, and 12 percent would rather have a colonoscopy.

Do us a favor, and don't stay online during that, okay?