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We Spent 4,819,352 Hours on Google PAC-MAN

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

Google launched it's PAC-MAN Doodle on Friday morning and all of us groaned, "There goes a morning of work." We all assumed our productivity would take a hit, but how many hours did the world spend playing PAC-MAN on Friday?

RescueTime, a company that makes tools for businesses eager to understand how they spend their time put together some calculations based on how much time the average user spends on Google versus how much they spent on Google on Friday.

RT took the amount of time its 11,000 users on a regular, PAC-MAN-less Friday and compared it to the amount of time spent on Google on the Friday just gone by. The result? People spent more than half a minute more on Google this past Friday than on any other Friday. RescueTimes users spend, on average about four and a half minutes on Google, so adding an extra 35 seconds doesn't really seem like a big deal.

However, when you consider Google had more than 500,000,000 visitors on Friday (according to Wolfram Alpha), that's an exta 4,819,352 hours spent on Google. Sure, not everyone played PAC-MAN and a lot of those 500,000,000 visitors were probably just there to search and move on, but that number is big enough that even if you say half of everyone on Google on Friday didn't play, that's still nearly 2.5 million hours (2,409,676 if you want to be precise).

RescueTime estimates the dollar tally to be somewhere around the $120 million mark. That's if the average Google user has a cost of $25 per hour (cost being 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," blogs RescueTime.

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    freename , May 26, 2010 12:08 AM
    35 seconds each?
    Imagine how much money could be saved if bathroom breaks were banned!

    Stupid statistic is stupid
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    jryan388 , May 26, 2010 12:09 AM
    Even if half of people didn't play it, a lot of us played more than 35 seconds =)
  • 20 Hide
    fonzy , May 26, 2010 12:19 AM
    Now get Crysis up and running.
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    ern88 , May 25, 2010 11:52 PM
    Kewl. Its not a paid little game
  • 13 Hide
    xurwin , May 26, 2010 12:06 AM
    yeah. its free and fun! FUN i tell you.
  • 26 Hide
    freename , May 26, 2010 12:08 AM
    35 seconds each?
    Imagine how much money could be saved if bathroom breaks were banned!

    Stupid statistic is stupid
  • 21 Hide
    jryan388 , May 26, 2010 12:09 AM
    Even if half of people didn't play it, a lot of us played more than 35 seconds =)
  • 20 Hide
    fonzy , May 26, 2010 12:19 AM
    Now get Crysis up and running.
  • 9 Hide
    idisarmu , May 26, 2010 12:30 AM
    Google effectively helped waste over 7 (effective) lifetimes of 75 years!

    ....oh well, Youtube is more evil in that sense.
  • 12 Hide
    SAL-e , May 26, 2010 12:40 AM
    Who cares! Let me go play one more level. :D 
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    treefrog07 , May 26, 2010 12:47 AM
    I played a couple of times, it was easier on the Atari with the joystick.
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    nforce4max , May 26, 2010 12:53 AM
    treefrog07I played a couple of times, it was easier on the Atari with the joystick.



    Very little can replace the venerable 2600.
  • 19 Hide
    ta152h , May 26, 2010 12:57 AM
    idisarmuGoogle effectively helped waste over 7 (effective) lifetimes of 75 years!....oh well, Youtube is more evil in that sense.


    They are amateurs. I've already wasted more than half of one lifetime, and I'm only one person.
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    micky_lund , May 26, 2010 1:17 AM
    hmmm...i went on there just to try it, but i wasn't getting paid to game. wish i was
  • 13 Hide
    wiobin , May 26, 2010 2:02 AM
    I wish I made 25 dollars/hour
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    mlopinto2k1 , May 26, 2010 2:13 AM
    xurwinyeah. its free and fun! FUN i tell you.
    So much for Crysis.
    wiobinI wish I made 25 dollars/hour
    I used to! :) 

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    kalogagatya , May 26, 2010 2:35 AM
    wiobinI wish I made 25 dollars/hour


    i wish i didn't spend 25 dollars/hour on some nights :\
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    kesda , May 26, 2010 2:55 AM
    On the other hand, if you consider the productivity increase provided by Google in terms of rapid access to information, the $120 million spent on PAC MAN is inconsequential.
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    squiggs77 , May 26, 2010 3:43 AM
    wiobinI wish I made 25 dollars/hour

    I think they are saying that's the average cost of an employee. An employee costs their company more $ per hour than their pay rate.
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    DM0407 , May 26, 2010 3:48 AM
    Quote:
    They are amateurs. I've already wasted more than half of one lifetime, and I'm only one person.


    Well played sir.
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    crinky , May 26, 2010 3:55 AM
    i thought it was cool so i made it my homepage FOR EVA!
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    Anonymous , May 26, 2010 4:13 AM
    for Eva?.Adams wife?...
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    maestintaolius , May 26, 2010 4:49 AM
    HAH! I knew it, and now the markets are tanking, exactly as I predicted. Everything is falling into place. *evil laugh*
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