2012 – We were busy – and got busy – this year
Between all the huge news this year – good and bad, mass shootings, superstorms, Olympics, elections and more – it’s easy to forget that it was a normal year and we did normal things. You know, stuff like breathe, eat, work, get busy, etc.
So what exactly did we do? Well, my buddies at BuzzFeed crunched the numbers, and it’s a pretty interesting, if not monotonous, look at the average goings-on of a year. So let’s dive on in, shall we?
1. 141 million people were born, while 56 million died – you do the math, but that’s quite a load on the crowding.
2. We blinked 36 quadrillion times – 5.3 million per person. That’s totes cray.
3. We had 10 trillion dreams – and most of mine were way too wild and vivid to ever talk about within this hallowed blog.
4. We produced 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage: 490 billion of which came from the U.S. – including 9 billion from New York City.
5. Three-hundred-nine million years were spent sitting on the toilet.
6. We spent nearly 12 years on the internet – thanks, Facebook and BuzzFeed. Nearly 3 million of those years were on social media: About 76 percent of all time spent on social media sites was on Facebook, and about 4,350 years was spent on BuzzFeed.
7. We sent 100 trillion Tweets, too, which means 400 million a day – or 5,000 per second.
8. We bought 717 million smartphones – which means there are now more than 1 billion active smartphone users in the world – and 349 computers. We also sent 53 trillion emails.
9. Nearly 220 million of us watched the Olympics, which were far more popular than the Super Bowl, which only had 111 million viewers. The presidential debates even got more than the NFL championship, getting 191 million voters – even though 119 million people actually voted.
10. Last and *definitely* least, YOLO was said 5 trillion times, though I’m not sure how BuzzFeed calculated that one. Hopefully that one makes a quick and sudden exit once 2013 makes its entrance.
What trends do you foresee for 2013 in terms of consumption, technology and the like? I’m guessing even more social media, even though it doesn’t seem possible right now. Nothing surprises me anymore!