Monday, May 24, 2010

Google's Pac-Man Took 4.8 Million Hours from Working

It was just another day using a search engine until we realized it was so much more, an interactive Pac-Man game to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary game. Many of you got sidetracked, but how much time was sucked out of productive work?

RescueTime, makers of productivity tracking and optimization software, looked at the average time that its users spent on Google's pages on Friday, noticing normally they spend 11 seconds on a Google page, but on Friday they spent 45. Basing off those results for the users online they found this:
• 4,819,352 hours of time lost. This is above the 33.6 million man hours of attention Google gets on a regular day.
• More than $120 million in lost productivity, assuming the cost of the average Google user is $25 an hour (that's pay plus benefits.)
• I like this quote the best: "For that same cost, you could hire all 19,835 google employees, from Larry and Sergey down to their janitors, and get 6 weeks of their time."

So how long did you play Pac-Man on Friday?

Kotaku Source: Google's Pac-Man Sapped 4.8 Million Hours of Productivity

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