Monday, December 14, 2009

3.6 zettabytes = lots of information

According to a recent survey from the University of California, San Diego, U.S. household consumed about 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008. A zettabyte is 1,000,000,000 trillion bytes, and last year's 3.6 zettabytes are the information equivalent of thick paperback novels stacked seven feet tall over the whole U.S., including Alaska.

So that's a lot of information. More interesting is where that information is coming from. Computer games, TV and movie-going were the largest sources of information consumed, and Americans spent 16% of their information hours on the internet, second only to their 41% watching TV.

Read the full report here: How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of zettabytes. Thanks for sharing that nugget of info!