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The high cost of your employees’ illicit affairs

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You may be resigned to employees spending at least some of their work time checking in on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Now add another social media distraction you would maybe rather not know about.

A survey by the self-described “infidelity website” found that 68% of its members spend an average of 1.17 hours per workday consorting online with paramours who are not their real-life partners.

Assuming all those digital adulterers earn only the U.S. minimum wage, the site gravely notes that illicit electronic infidelity costs employers worldwide some $17,304,300 per day.

Of course, not all unfaithful workers spend 1.17 hours a day hooking up online. For some, that afternoon e-delight can take two hours or more.

Here’s how much time survey respondents said online cheating takes out of their workdays:

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