Does your place of employment have an Internet Usage Policy? Mine does, and it prohibits me browsing, sending personal emails or posting at all during working hours except during my lunch break. If you are interested, it is at Annex 9 (page 75) at http://handbook.nics.gov.uk/content/conduct/documents/chapter-1-conduct.pdf. Breaches of this policy can (and do) regularly result in disciplinary action being taken against the staff concerned. See attached link for official stand on personal use - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6957534.stm The reason I ask is that some posters here are absolutely prolific, maintaining a post count which I could not even match in verbal conversation in the office - I cannot see how you get any work done or get away with it sometimes! Is it a case of a policy being in place but not enforced or are you basically allowed to do what you like? I can understand if you are at home or self-employed, but if you work for an employed, how do you get away with it?