OK - that title's click bait, but wait, don't leave.
First up, Reuters DID report that American employers saw at least $694 million in missing output from the roughly 20 minutes that outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimated workers took out of their workday on Monday, Aug. 21 to stretch their legs, head outside the office and gaze at the nearly two-and-a-half minute eclipse.
I shared that on social media and meant to add this tongue in cheek preface - "If they think that's bad, they should check out the lost productivity around talking about Game of Thrones."
The feedback on LinkedIn (one place I posted it where the preface cited above wasn't included) was swift. People called BS on the number. Kinda said I was stupid for sharing it. I tried to explain the witty add I planned didn't make it on the post. They didn't care.
But Netflix came out with another number I thought was interesting - see tweet below:
Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR YOU.
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 22, 2017
According to the streaming service, Netflix lost 10 percent of its usual viewership during thethat took place Monday, which put a portion of the US in a state of total darkness while the moon blocked out the sun.
The workplace numbers likely assume that 100% of working Americans stopped working to view the eclipse.
The Netflix numbers say that only 10% of Netflix viewers stopped watching to check out the event.
Netflix is taken more seriously than work.
Think about that one for a bit.