Saturday, November 9, 2013

Humanity wasted 14,526 years watching Gangnam Style

"Humanity wasted 14,526 years watching Gangnam Style"...
This was the title of a link I posted on Hacker News about a week ago which linked to a website I created with a friend of mine (Gil Cohen) - http://www.WastedHumanity.com



It seems like I managed to really annoy some people, and some even claim to hate me!
(The whole discussion can be seen here : https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6663474)

Well, I just wanted to say about this whole thing a few words -
The whole idea of this site was only a joke. Just me and my friend sitting in the living room one boring Friday watching some silly YouTube videos ourselves when I started thinking about how many times these videos were watched. It amazed me, so I started calculating it in my head. The programmer I am wouldn't allow me to just calculate this data manually so I started building a site that would do it for me. When we saw the numbers we were amazed and started joking about the things we could have done instead of this 'wasted time'...

I didn't mean to laugh about how you decide to spend your time or make fun of anyone in anyway. I myself 'waste' a lot of time on YouTube, sometimes on silly videos while doing nothing, and sometimes countless hours listening to music as I work. I added at least a few views myself to each one of the videos seen on the site, and many more not on the site. I don't see that time as 'wasted'.

I also know the calculation isn't a bit accurate, and that each (or at least most) of the facts on that site wasn't accomplished by one person so in reality it took much more than written.

So, sorry if I hurt you. I know I made a lot of people laugh in the process, so it was totally worth it! :)

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