Technology has forever changed our lives and our world more than you know. Here are some numbers to put that fact into perspective:
- About 4 billion people worldwide own a mobile phone, but only 3.5 billion people own a toothbrush.
- Computers and other electronics account for 220,000 tons of annual trash in the U.S. alone.
- About 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- Around 100 billion e-mails traverse the Internet every day, and about 95% of those messages go straight to spam folders.
- The annual amount of electricity it takes for Google to handle a billion search queries every day is around 15 billion kWh, which is more than most countries consume.
- About 500 new mobile games appear on the Apple App Store each day.
- The “father of information theory,” Claude Shannon, invented the digital circuit at age 21 while he was in college.
- Regular computer users blink only half as often as non-users.
- Over 1 million children can say their parents met on Match.com.