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Connected living and eating the odd spider

Connected living and eating the odd spider

I read the other day the average Facebook user checks their account some half a dozen times a day – some less, and some much, much more. About half of the reported 400 million members of the site are ‘active’ users … so that’s an awful lot of checking going on.

All in all, isn’t it interesting what we spend our time on? If we live to be 70 years old, we get roughly 25,500 days or 613,200 hours to live. Of that, we spend about 25 years (9125 days/219,000 hours) fast asleep, nine years (3285 days/78,840) working for a salary, four years (1460 days/35,040 hours) eating, and two years (730 days/17,520 hours) reading.

Other stats people have come up with include: 186 days (4464 hours) taking a shower/bath; 90 days (2160 hours) brushing our teeth; 42 days (1008 hours) waiting at traffic lights; and 31 days (744 hours) getting our hair cut.

A couple of stats that caught my eye were that we apparently spend more than two weeks peering into the fridge, and one and a half years looking for things we can’t find! We have six car accidents, on average, blink more than half a billion times, and swallow three spiders during our lifetime!

How they come up with these figures, well, I can only guess.

What struck me most, however, was the lack of technology usage being measured. Surely, this is eating into our time as much as … err … eating, probably.

I did find some. It seems we spend 10 years watching TV and half a year watching TV ads. I must say I’m not convinced these haven’t come straight out of the 1970s’ living room. Do we really spend more time watching TV than working? Maybe. Although, I for one, watch hardly any live telly and screen out ads. Obviously, it’s a popular pastime, or at least it has been, as I’m sure other tech-related pursuits are now eating into this time.

According to some research (it’s out of the US but all things being equal life should be similar here), adults spend around 68 hours online each month (both at home and at work); for teens this figure rises to 125 hours, give or take. We visit 2645 websites per month; viewing each page on average for 57 seconds.

If we take that as a figure for our lifetime – which is fraught with danger as our online usage has supposedly doubled in the past 10 years – we’ll be surfing for some 57,000 hours.

During that time we’ll upgrade our operating system 15 to 20 times and probably own more than 30 cellphones. We’ll also check our emails about 125,000 times, and Google more than a quarter of a million times, and spend 4620 hours (192.5 days) on our online social network of choice. Seems a lot… but sure as hell beats eating spiders.


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