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That's the big selling point of Google Instant: it shaves, on average, two-to-five seconds from every search you do. That's a valuable chunk of time, right there: that's the time it takes me to take a sip from my cup of coffee, or if I'm feeling particularly dexterous, grab a nibble from the adjacent chocolate chip cookie.
The moment Google unveiled its novelty technology Instant Search it inspired a young Stanford student Feross Aboukhadijeh to create an Instant search experience for Youtube. He posted his work on Hacker News and, within 24 hours, Feross received a tweet directly from Youtube CEO Chad Hurley asking "Are you ready to leave school?"