Study Shows We Consume 34GB of Data Daily

A recent study by the Global Information Industry of the University of California at San Diego looked at the year 2008 and tried to quantify how much information the average American consumes across all forms of media: TV, newspaper, internet and radio.

According to the report, Americans consumed information for 1.3 trillion hours last year, an average of almost 12 hours per day. 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.

The group defined "information" as flows of data delivered to people and measured the bytes, words, and hours of consumer information.

Hours of information consumption grew at 2.6 percent per year from 1980 to 2008, due to a combination of population growth and increasing hours per capita, from 7.4 to 11.8. More surprising is that information consumption in bytes increased at only 5.4 percent per year. Yet the capacity to process data has been driven by Moore's Law, rising at least 30 percent per year. One reason for the slow growth in bytes is that color TV changed little over that period. High-definition TV is increasing the number of bytes in TV programs, but slowly.

Check out the full study here.

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  • Dandalf
    So they consume about the same number of gigabytes daily as they do burgers. Here in the UK, one would have to be torrenting at FULL ADVERTISED SPEED (lol) in addition to watching HD TV all day to even come close to that.
    great to see people in the US are capable os such usage a day

    here in NZ if you so much as try to downlaod as much as possible nonstop in a 24 hour period if you go over 5 gig in that 24 hour period you are one of the few "chosen" ones the rest of us get to deal with the dregs - fun times!
  • Clintonio
    They included TV. I guess that could make up a significant chunk of it.