Life In America - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Life In America

Census Bureau report tells us how we're spending our time.

U.S. adults and teens will spend almost five months next year watching TV, surfing the Web, listening to personal music devices and reading newspapers, investing nearly $937 per person on media, the U.S. Census Bureau says.

The agency that tracks our lives released Friday the 999-page Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007, a cornucopia of facts and figures that are sure to please trivia enthusiasts. Among the findings are Americans are wired, and the young are smarter and less idealistic than when baby boomers were teenagers.

On average, Americans will spend 65 days in front of the TV, 41 days listening to radio and a little over a week on the Internet in 2007. Adults will invest about a week reading a daily newspaper, and join teens in spending about an equal amount of time listening to recorded music.

In 2005, 97 million Internet users looked for news online; 92 million bought a product and 91 million made a travel reservation. About 16 million used a social or professional networking site and 13 million created a blog.

But, despite our love of electronics and the Internet, the old-fashioned book will still interest many U.S. consumers, who will spend $55.5 billion on 3.17 billion books in 2007.

Nearly half of college freshmen enrolled in 2005 had earned an average grade of A in high school, compared to 20 percent in 1970. But their primary personal objectives have flipped. In 1970, 79 percent of freshmen felt "developing a meaningful philosophy of life" was most important. In 2005, "being very well off financially" was the No. 1 priority.

Other interesting tidbits show that the U.S. endangered species list in 2006 included 62 clams, 24 snails and 19 crustaceans, while in other countries, only two clams, one snail and no crustaceans were in danger of becoming extinct.

U.S. airports in 2005 screened 738.6 million passengers, confiscating 9.4 million lighters. China would have made good use of the lighters, since it produced nearly 1.8 trillion cigarettes in 2004.

Americans are drinking much more bottled water, gulping 23.2 gallons per capita in 2004, compared with only 2.7 gallons in 1980. We also appear to be demanding healthier foods. In 2003, there were 8,035 certified organic growers in the United States, tending 2.2 million acres of land. Three years before, there 6,592 growers working 1.8 million acres.

And some of us have had problems with smelly neighborhoods. In 2005, 3.7 million residents in the nation's 109 million housing units were bothered by odors in their neighborhood, with 1.4 million saying it was so bad they wanted to move.

The Statistical Abstract features more than 1,400 tables and charts on social, political and economic facts about the United States, and the latest available international statistics. The book is a collaborative effort that showcases U.S. government statistics and the work of researchers in the international community, private industry and nonprofit agencies. It's available in a hardbound edition for $39, and a softbound edition for $35; and can be ordered online.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Commentary
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
Slideshows
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll