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According to David Shenk’s book Data Smog (1998), The amount of words a typical business manager reads in a week: 1000,000.

Number of words in the Bible: approximately 770,000.

Number of words in the United States IRS code: approximately 2.8 million or more.

Number of pages in United States IRS code: 17,000 pages. War and Peace: 1,444 pages and the Bible: 1,291 pages.

Paper consumption in the US per person at the close of the last century: 2000 pounds.

Amount spent on information technology in the year 2000: more than 1 trillion.
In 1999, a Corpus fund of Rs.700 crores is step up to address the Year 2000(Y2K) Problem in India.

The world’s total yearly production of print, film, optical, and magnetic content in 2000: 1.5 billion gigabytes.

The estimated capacity of the human brain: 1 billion megabytes.

The amount of Information in the New York Times on Sunday: 1 MB.

Amount of Information a 19th century human was exposed to in a lifetime: 2MB.

Information per person for each man, woman, and child on earth, in the same year: 250 megabytes.

Production of information per person at the end of last century: 250 MB.

Number of emails sent everyday in the year 2000: 10 billion.

International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that in 2005 it would be about 35 billion.

In 2003, IDC reports that daily 31 billion emails were being sent and predict that it would double in 2006. One report states that 6 trillion emails were sent and received in the year 2006.

In 1978, an e-mail Spam sent to 600 addresses becomes the first widely circulated spam.
In 1994, First large-scale Spam sent to 6000 newsgroups, reaching millions of people.

Volume of Spam in June 2006 reaches 55 billion; previous year it was 30 billion. MAAWG estimated that 80-85% of incoming mail is "abusive email", as of the last quarter of 2005. The sample size for the MAAWG's study was over 100 million mailboxes.

In 2007, one in every 28 emails in India contained virus.

Number of e-mails an average white-collar worker received per day in year 2000: 30. And spent two hours reading, forwarding and replying to them, according to a research report published by David Ferris of Ferris Research in San Francisco. He predicted that by the year 2002, corporate staff would use over four hours each day just on e-mails.

Estimated Number of e-mails an office worker received in the year 2005: 250 per day.

Estimated Percentage of Knowledge-Workers in the year 2010: 85%.

Average revenue per search for Google in the year 2005: 12 cents. In the year 2004, it was around a dime.

In 2006, 1 million is the number of children aged under 10 in Britain i.e. one in three, who own a phone. And 8 is the average age at which a child gets a mobile phone in Britain.

September 2007 Indian state of Karnataka, of which the fabled IT city Bangalore (Bengalūru) is the capital, contemplates banning mobile phones based on a health department report which states that mobile usage by children below 16 could lead to memory and hearing loss.


(Source: Various including United Nations’ Sustainable Development Programme Report, August 5, 2000)

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