Although Google has more users than any other website, the amount of time spent searching is relatively low. That fact remains true during work hours, where the time spent searching is also relatively low compared to other more popular online activities. Still, the amount of money lost to time spent on personal searches is estimated by sources to be significant. According to a study by RescueTime, when Google replaced its home page logo with Pac-Man – the playable version of the classic game – earlier this year, it cost the economy a total of 4,819,352 hours of productivity, which researchers estimated was worth over $120 billion in potential productivity.
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