Wednesday, December 08, 2010

How We Consume 34 Gigbytes of Data - a Day

This makes for an interesting class assignment - define the same 6 categories (Radio, TV, Computer, Reading, Phone, Other) and have students track a typical days worth of usage.
America Hungry, Need Data:
According to a new study by the University of California, San Diego, from 1980 through 2008 the total number of bytes bitten by Americans has upped by 6% per year and now stands at an incredibly huge sounding 3.6 zettabytes. (Or one billion trillion bytes, if that's easier to imagine.)

Here we break down what 3.6 zettabytes--or 34 gigabytes a day--means in terms of daily consumption.
[Data via Bits]
Infographic: Rob Vargas

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