How Much Information?
What did Americans consume in 2008? This is part of a larger project looking at information in general: HMI.ucsd.edu On this page I will post some highlights, and answer questions that people have about our findings.
We have a lot of short reports on specific topics here, and our first long report just came out, which looks at American consumers (households) exclusively. You can read the Executive Summary and download the whole report.
We measure information consumed in three ways: hours, words, and compressed bytes. For example, we average about .7 hours (45 minutes) on the telephone per day:
A 3-D plot shows how different measures (words, hours, or bytes) give very different rankings for different media. TV is big by all three measures, for example, but computer games are huge in bytes, but modest in other categories.
Science Friday did a short interview with me on the report, here.