I bet most of your noticed those Google’s Olympic games doodles on their homepage during the last few days. And I further bet you have been among those who at the very least, spared 5 to 10 minutes trying to play along with it. Right?
The Olympics are a great celebration of everything encompassing the principles of hard work, sportsmanship, camaraderie, physical fitness, and dedication. And while all those athletes are fighting their battles to stand victorious on the podium with a gold medal, the world has been watching and rooting for them –or has been busy playing the Google Olympic doodles that represent them.
The Olympic doodles, which are massively entertaining because they are interactive, have seemingly won the hearts of people all around the globe. Rumors have it that at least one person in every international business has been distracted by the endearing cartoon games. While work boredom is never easy to stave off, the Google doodles are making a fine effort at entertaining the masses who just can’t seem to get past the search page. After all, what better way to feel like you’re a part of the Olympic experience than to shrug of the responsibilities of a real job to play games against an unbeatable opponent?
That’s the true purpose behind the Google doodles, isn’t it? To make us average and less-then-average people feel like we are really a part of the great Olympic event. We can sit at our computers, pretending to be productive, while trying to score goals on the interactive soccer doodle. When we lose, we feel the same frustration and heartbreak any athlete would feel. And when the day’s doodle changes and we are still locked in a duel for the win, we hang our head in shame because we know the next day will bring a new challenge for us to fail miserably at.
While distracting for people who have unregulated Internet access at work, the Google doodles suggest there may yet be a way to reach the public in an effort to remind them about the importance of a real 9-5 job. Word on the street is that Google’s next project will be called Blue Collar doodles, where the interactive modules involve who can add equations the fastest; who can type the most words per minute; and who can spread the most vicious office gossip without being caught. Yes; these are the real Olympic events us average schmucks deal with on a daily basis.
Of course Google has no such plans, and employers who are losing out because their workers are trapped in Google’s evil web of distraction need to simply crack down on supervision. How hard is it to request people not go on Google for extended periods of time? There are a million other search engines out there. Perhaps the biggest issue is that managers are just as likely to be involved with the clandestine playing of Google doodles as anyone else—what else do they have to do all day?