In online poker, there's a game called the freeroll. In it, an online poker site will give away a prize of money, and everyone can play for free.
I was looking at the different freerolls, trying to determine how many hours are wasted by people trying to win money.
The most number of players I found vying for one prize purse was 12000 people for a prize of $100.
If each player averages twenty minutes playing the freeroll game, then that's 4000 hours total spent playing that particular freeroll game by all the participants combined.
Put another way, in a typical year, a hard working person works 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year. So a hard working person would work 2000 hours per year.
What I'm trying to say is, for the price of $100. Two years worth of productivity in terms of man hours are wasted on a freeroll game of poker.
I'm as guilty as the next guy for getting caught up in online gaming. It's something I'm trying to stay away from... For now...