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The Tragic Cost of Google Pac-Man

When Google unleashed their custom version of Pac-Man on the world, in honor of the game’s 30th anniversary, they must not have realized the tremendous amount of time it would suck away from the lives of their disciples. And if they did know, then their “don’t be evil” motto must no longer be in use. Here are some of the results of a day of Pac-Man mania, as culled through my The RescueTime Blog.

  • Google Pac-Man consumed 4,819,352 hours of time (beyond the 33.6m daily man hours of attention that Google Search gets in a given day)
  • $120,483,800 is the dollar tally, If the average Google user has a COST of $25/hr (note that cost is 1.3 2.0 X pay rate).
  • 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. Imagine what you could build with that army of man power.
  • $298,803,988 is the dollar tally if all of the Pac-Man players had an approximate cost of the average Google employee.

That’s a whole lot of procrastination and production-lost. But wait. No worries. What was lost in production was gained in fun! YAY!

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