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Fourteen percent of Americans said they or a friend were far from focused on their work during the 2010 World Cup.

According to a poll by Knowledge Networks’  Total Touch, 77 percent of out-of-home Internet usage during World Cup matches occurred at offices and that half of out-of-home ESPN mobile use was at offices.  Moreover, 18 percent of respondents said they or a friend wore a favorite World Cup team’s jersey to work during the tournament, and 5 percent said they or a friend broke up with a significant other because of the World Cup.  [September 25]

Comment: Are you guilty?

If so, it could’ve been worse.  An item from Soccer Stories, entitled “No Doctor in the House When Italy’s On”:

          In November 1987, a group of employees at San Gennaro Hospital in Naples abandoned their stations to watch a telecast of Italy’s 2-1 victory over Sweden in a qualifying game for the 1988 European Championship.  Authorities arrested 39 hospital staffers, and criminal charges were filed against 20.

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