The Economic Cost of Angry Birds

Interesting and funny but unscientific article about the amount of time consumed playing just one game, Angry Birds.  This article cites a recent report that around the world people spend 200 million minutes on Angry Birds every day. This adds up to 866,666,667 hours per year in America, and might compute to 43.3 million working hours, that at $20 per hour might equate to $866 million dollars in lost wages per year.

Whether the conclusions reached in this article are correct or not, I’m not sure, but it got me thinking when people always tell me they don’t have time to better their health and finances. All the time I hear that no one has enough time to get a second job to pay off debt, work out at the gym, study more about their profession, go back to school, study financial matters, take an evening class, read an instructional book, start a small business on the side, create a budget and balance the checking account. All of these activities can at the least enrich our lives, and at most set us on a dramatic course to better them. Each one of us has been created with an equal amount of time each day, yet it is up to us to decide how to use it. A Chinese proverb says that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. Perhaps the best time we can change the course of our lives is to invest our time in something constructive now, and watch where that takes us.