Study: Americans Consume 100K Words, 34GB of content per day

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  1. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    Some highlights from the study:

    * Americans spend an average of 11.8 hours per day receiving information.

    * Americans consumer about 3.6 zettabytes (or 3,600 exabytes) of information in their homes in 2008. To put that in perspective, one exabyte is equal to about all of the hard drives in the entire state of Minnesota, which has a population of 5.1 million.

    * Forty-one percent of Americans' information time is spent watch TV, although it accounts for less than 35 percent of the information bytes consumed.

    * Fifty-five percent of information bytes consumed in the home come from computer and video games. This share is so big in part because modern game consoles and PCs create huge streams of graphics.

    * The researchers calculated that we consume, on average, 10 ,845 trillion words in 2008, or about 100,000 words per American, per day. (As the New York Times points out, War and Peace, by comparison, is 460,000 words long).

    I bet some of those stats could be doubled or tripled for WS members.
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