Thursday, January 17, 2008

Interesting Stats

A high school technology director from Colorado compiled an interesting assortment of statistics that explain how our world is drastically shifting from what it used to be. Here are just a few of my favorite numbers:
  • *The number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the population of the planet.
  • *There are about 540,000 words in the English language which is about 5 times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.
  • *It’s estimated that a week’s worth of The New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
  • *It’s estimated that 1.5 exabytes (1.5 x 10 to the 18th power) of unique new information was generated worldwide in 2006, which is estimated to be more than the previous 5,000 years.
  • *The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years.
  • *Today’s 21 year olds have spent 20,000 hours watching television, 10,000 hours playing video games, 10,000 hours talking on the phone, and have sent and received 250,000 emails or instant messages.
  • *More than 70% of U.S. 4 year olds have used a computer.
  • *1 out of every 8 couples married in the U.S. in 2005 met online.
  • *The amount of technical information is doubling every two years. By 2010, it is predicted to double every 72 hours.

1 comment:

2 Boys' Mom said...

I can't believe that number on tv and video games by the age of 21. We never had video games at our house and I think in my lifetime I only ever played them for maybe 10-15 hours total at a friend's house. Boy the world is changing. I don't think however that my boys are going to be allowed to do something like that. My husband and I agree that we are not going to purchase those types of games as we want our kids not to see all the violence and to get an addiction at such a young age.