God, How Hard these Americans Work

Hey, whoever complained that Americans don’t work hard.

They do. By God, they do.

But just not the way you imagine.

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece in today’s edition on how small businesses are struggling with cyberslacking employees:

* In April, 57 million Americans visited a social networking web site from an office computer and spent an average of 15 minutes on them per day (source: comScore).

Given the tremendous growth of social networking sites like Facebook, we think the comScore numbers are a gross underestimate. Well, if you think that’s a big dent in office productivity it only gets worse. Read on.

* Porn on the Internet has always been a big draw. Right? πŸ˜‰

So, is it any surprise that last month 20.6 million Americans visited a porn site from an office PC an average of 8.1 times last month (source: Nielsen). Again, a huge underestimate in our knowledgeable view on the subject.

* Soon, it’s gonna get worse. Playboy is launching a new web site to assist the cyberslackers, ahem, the more priapic ones, called TheSmokingJacket.com. Here’s what we found on the upcoming site:

TheSmokingJacket.com is the safe-for-work website that brings you everything you love about men’s entertainment and the Internet β€” minus the stuff that’ll get you into hot water at the office!

We can’t wait to log on. πŸ˜‰

* No, we haven’t noticed that many of our U.S. readers log on to this fine blog from Intel, Microsoft, Bank of America, Sun, Citigroup et al during office hours to read about important work-related stuff like Rajinikanth’s prowess, Sura’s box office numbers, Raj and Simran and Akshay Kumar.

With the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa just round the corner and Lost ending on May 23, there can only be more grief for businesses, small or big.

Wonder if any one has calculated/estimated the drop in productivity in the cubicles when the IPL or T20 cricket matches are on!

3 Responses to "God, How Hard these Americans Work"

  1. The Mahatma   May 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Just a few hours ago, I saw Ashley Dupre’s (remember her?) PB spreads – just keeping abreast of the news.. she has fake ‘uns.. no surprise there. These things enhance productivity.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. How could we forget ‘Kristen’…we’ll always have Kristen a.k.a. Ashley Dupre to remind us of the 2012 President we ‘lost.’

    Ironic, our one-time favorite Democratic politician Elliot Spitzer made her go down and then in a surreal ending she forced him down. πŸ˜‰

    2. You really think they are fake ‘uns? Well, we’d like to look at them at close quarters before we arrive at a definitive conclusin.

    Enjoy. πŸ˜‰

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpvrAikUFRE

  2. boopalanj   May 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Look at this.

    Google launches TV service!!!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10132877.stm

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Do you know when Google is launching a massage service? πŸ˜‰

    Seriously, we doubt this TV thing will fly. Google has tried to extend their ad platform to TV in the past. Few takers!

    Plus you need a special box or new TVs….Count us among the skeptics.

    We’ll study this in greater depth.

  3. ganeshncm   May 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    @SI: No, we haven’t noticed that many of our U.S. readers log on to this fine blog from Intel, Microsoft, Bank of America, Sun, Citigroup et al during office hours to read about important work-related stuff like Rajinikanth’s prowess, Sura’s box office numbers, Raj and Simran and Akshay Kumar.

    haha.. good one.. but your statement sounds like a typical micro-manager at an Indian software consulting firm (aka primary school teacher) who is happy when his team member stares at a code screen.. logging in 9 hours.. without worrying much about the quality of the work he has delivered..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Hey, you can stare at any screen or even below the screen all you want.

    Who are we to interruptus your minor coitus. πŸ˜‰

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