Confirmed: Millions of hours lost due to Pac Man

It looks like someone tired of playing Pac Man and decided to try and calculate how many hours of lost time could be attributed to that ’80s arcade classic reimagined by Google:

This weekend, we took a hard look at Pac-Man D-Day and compared it with previous Fridays (before and After Google’s recent redesign) and found some noticeable differences. We took a random subset of our users (about 11,000 people spending about 3 million seconds on Google that day) The average user spent 36 seconds MORE on on Friday.. Thankfully, Google tossed out the logo with pretty low “perceived affordance” – they put an “insert coin” button next to the search button, but I imagine most users missed that. In fact, I’d wager that 75% of the people who saw the logo had no idea that you could actually play it. Which the world should be thankful for.

The result — 4.82 million hours lost. Wait until Google does Galaxian!