Big numbers: US information consumption

I was impressed by some recent reports from the University of California at San Diego, and the research company IDC.

The first story reports that:

from all non-work sources in 2008, including TV, radio, movies, the Net, cell phones, video games and reading material…

US consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes.

Now, that’s a lot of data!

The second story is interestingly connected. IDC reports that there are currently about 450 million mobile devices connected to the Internet. The total number of devices connected is about 1.6 billion. So, over a quarter of the devices connected to the Internet are mobile: mobile phones, smartphones, and other wireless devices!

And while the total number of Internet-connected devices is expected to grow to over 2.7 billion in the next three years, the number of such mobile connected devices is expected to more than double in that time.

Thanks for coming along.