The company I work at has the standard warning "We reserve the right to monitor any network activity". At first, I thought "no sweat", but now I'm really hoping they don't check the logs often.
I think that's a clear sign that I'm reading the web too much. That, and my girlfriend of three years is thinking about breaking up with me because she thinks my ass is gonna get fired soon.
So I waste time finding articles that console me.
Surf and Be Happy
Work Surfing Dominates U.S. Internet Use
Recreational Web Surfing at Work Is on the Rise
Personal Web Surfing At Work Common
Yes, everybody's doing it to some extent. Yes, it's valuable to read Kuro5hin, et al. You learn all sorts of skills related to presenting arguments. You learn about the world around you. Reading slashdot teaches you how to cut through the BS in arguments. But it clearly doesn't make it right. You can't seriously impact your productivity for the sake of exploring new ideas.
One of my problems is that I have a Pavlov's dog thing going. If I get bored or stuck while doing my work, I quickly check to see if any new stories are in the queue. Except that's not how it works; you get bored, you're supposed to work around your current problem, or find new work if you don't have any.
I'm stuck, and the solution is very simple, but it doesn't seem easy at all.
I'm just relating my experiences in case someone else has similar ones or just wants to use me as an excuse to maintain their habits. Sorry for the mopey slant.