Google's Pac-Man Game Wasted 4.8 Million Hours

Google's Pac-Man Logo May Have Wasted 4.8 Million Hours

The amazing, addictive Pac-Man Google logo that graced the Google homepage last week may have caused 4.8 million hours of lost productivity, according to a study. The average play time for one game of Google Pac-Man (and, honestly, who played it just once?) was 36 seconds. The research firm that conducted the study says that amounts to $120,483,800, or the amount you'd pay every single Google employee (including its cofounders and CEO) for six weeks of work.

Additionally, companies and agencies with policies prohibiting game play at work had to figure out how to disable the Google homepage for the day — which I can only imagine made Internet searches all the more difficult. When it comes down to it, 30 or so seconds in one day doesn't seem like much to me . . . but it doesn't account for many of my own Facebook and Twitter friends who proudly posted about their immediate addiction to the game. Procrastinators, don't forget: the game will live on indefinitely at google.com/pacman.

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