This is a great example of just how popular the World Cup is. Aside from being the main cause for Twitter being down most of the day, it’s apparently costing companies and countries BILLIONS in loss productivity.
Around 80% of the world’s population has been watching at least some part of the games, which have been going on since June 11, 2010 and will continue until July 11. Around 95 million people watch each match. Of course, not all of us are able to watch the games of our favorite teams on the weekends or after work, so some of us have been sneaking off, calling in, or otherwise slacking off to watch football/soccer/whatever you prefer to call it.
As a workforce, we’ve cost our economies an awful lot of dough. Take a look at these stats (click the image to see it full-size), and let us know if you feel the teensiest bit guilty for those long lunches or “sick” days spent watching a match or two. Source:Mashable.com