To celebrate 30 years since the launch of Pac-man in Japan, Google put a playable version of the game up as their logo on the 21st of May. Rescue Time, a software firm that monitors what workers do online, gathered statistics on how much time was wasted worldwide as a result of the app:
Extrapolating this up across the 504 million unique users who visit the main Google page day-to-day, this represents an increase of 4.8 million hours – equal to about 549 years.
In dollar terms, assuming people are paid $25 (£17.50) an hour, this equates to about $120m in lost productivity, the firm said.
For that money, suggested Rescue Time, it would be possible to hire all Google’s employees and put them to work for about six weeks.
Google Pac-Man Eats Up Work Time [BBC News]