How the power of the pug is distracting you

Jul 05, 2018 at 11:00 am by Warlord720

About 25 years ago the thought that a Pug—yes… the love them or hate them dog breed—has most likely cost your company thousands if not millions of dollars wouldn't be on anyone's mind.

Today these are dollars that could have gone towards wages and bonuses.

Instead, it went to the Pug.

The same can be said of corporate workforces and quite possibly your favorite charity. You know… those non-government organizations that could actually use the money.

Instead, it went to the Pug.

No business is immune to the Pug. Large and small they all bleed dollars that could provide more stability, better insurance and maybe even a retirement plan.

Instead, it went to the Pug.

Now it's not really the fault of the Pug or even a gang of criminal pugs to cause such havoc. In fact, these little beasts don’t really get a taste of money either.

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Because it all went to YouTube.

Home of the Pug, angry kitties and people with too much time on their hands. People that should never be given the privilege of owning a video camera because of the collective damage their cute videos inflict.

You know who you are… you with the pretty babies, the tame foxes, the tiny homes, the cool converted school buses, bushcraft masters, off-gridders and that seeming wonderful nirvana called "van life."

We haven’t even got to the musicians yet… both real and wannabe… that dominate a lot of playlists and consumable hours during work. Why listen when you can watch right?

If you are squirming in your seat right now or perhaps feeling a bit warm it might be due to a strong probability that you have contributed to this collective tossing of dollars to YouTube.

And I’m right in there with you. I doubt anyone has wasted more time watching things from cute to downright dangerous on YouTube as this writer has.

It's so easy to do… even with the best of intentions.

You jump on looking to find out "how to" do something. Usually, something innocuous like plumbing or simple wiring (no…I’m not endorsing or telling you to drown or electrocute yourself) and it happens.

A damn Pug… or kitten… doing something so cute it should be against the law. You KNOW its clickbait!

Like a certain potato chip, you are only going to have one but we all know where this is headed. An hour and a half later you have clicked through so many Pug videos that you can’t remember your name let alone what it was you were looking for in the first place.

The Pugs have won again, and YouTube loves Pugs.

Lest you think this is just the ranting of an aging writer consider the following.

In a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 office employees by Bridge by Instructure, Inc (NYSE: INST) only 78 percent thought working more hours was at least "moderately important" to getting ahead. A more troubling statistic is that every employee spent at least 77 minutes per day viewing online videos at work.

Do the math and the picture is clear. If the average U.S. salary is just north of $25 an hour money is flying out of the office window instead of into the company coffers to the tune of thousands of dollars a year... PER EMPLOYEE!

Thirty years ago, this sort of thing would simply not have been tolerated but that is the problem. Workplaces are not simple anymore and neither is the workforce.

In fairness to YouTube, distractions are everywhere in this modern, digital age but few have the impact or the footprint to pull off such a feat of wasted time. Most of us are built from birth to waste time too so its just an extension of the human condition with all our smartphones, tablets and GoPros enabling YouTube to devour that expensive time.

Now pardon me… the Pug calls.

M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord is an international award winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years.  Now retired, M.D. is currently working part time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD at his website

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