Tecently I was provided with a link to a fantastic 4 minute video that really makes you think. It is IT related but is great for anyone to watch. It was done by PromoMMX for SonyBMG Rome 2008. Lots of research went into this.

If you are unable to view the link above, here is the script:

Did You Know?

If you’re one in a million in China, there are 1,300 people just like you.
China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world.
The 25% of India’s population witht he highest IQ’s is greater than the total population of the United States.
India has more honors kids than America has kids.

The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist
using technologies that haven’t been invented
in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38
1 in 4 works has been with their current employer for less than a year.
1 in 2 has been there less than five years.

1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online.

There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace.
If MySpace were a country, it would be the 5th-largest in the world (between Indonesia and Brazil).

The #1 ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Bermuda (USA is #19, Japan is #22).

We are living in exponential times.
There are 31 Billion searches on Google every month.
In 2006, this number was 2.7 Billion.
To whom were these questions addressed B.G. (Before Google)?

The first commercial text message was sent in December of 1992.
Today, the number of text messages sent and received everyday, exceeds the total population of the planet.

Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million
Radio 38 years
TV 13 years
Internet 4 years
iPod 3 years
Facebook 2 years

The total number of Internet devices in 1984 was 1,000
The number of Internet devices in 1992 was 1,000,000
The number of Internet devices in 2008 is 1,000,000,000

There are about 540,000 words in the English language.
About 5 times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.

It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.

It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0 x 10^19) of unique information will be generated this year.
That is more than the previous 5,000 years.

The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years.
For students starting a 4 year technical degree this means that half of what they learn will be outdated by their third year of study.

NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber.
That is 2,660 CDs or 210 million phone calls every second.

It is currently tripling every six months and is expected to do so for the next 20 years.

By 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain.
Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species.

In 4 minutes
67 babies were born in the US
274 babies were born in China
395 babies were born in India
694,000 songs were downloaded illegally.

What does it all mean?


Every company needs a website. Though make sure you do a good job and keep it current as many people judge you by your site. You website from 3 years ago is already outdated. It is something to think about.

If I want to look up a phone number or a physical address, I open my web browser. I rarely use a phone book anymore.

  1. These are crazy facts. I think technology is the new way to link people together. Whether it’s blogging, forums, online dating websites, online meetup and more, people connect online. We come across technology every day and it has significantly improved our lives. We have also become extremely reliant on technology. Everyone now knows that you need to have your own website/social media networks set up properly online. Employers will Google you before they hire you! It’s important that everything you put online is acceptable as a display of your professional self.

    • I have gone out of my way to make myself almost non-existent on the Internet. If you google me you might find a few social network profiles but they are all private and friend restricted. There is no other information about me on the web and I like it that way. I don’t really agree with you whole heartedly about this technology improving our lives. It is a double edged sword. It makes things more efficient and all around more easy to do but it is incredibly addicting and these screens are bad for our health in many aspects.

  2. Those are some amazing stats about the worlds population. I think another fascinating fact, is that Facebook, has just become the number one website on the web. This is even above Google. Over 200 million people log onto each and every day, and thousands of new profiles are added daily.

  3. Really great facts which kept me entertained and awakened even more of my curiosity. Great post .

  4. These are pretty awesome stats. This only shows how fast the world changes as time passes by. The rate of change increases as years go by. What will happen next?

  5. I love those statistics. One in eight couples meet online? How interesting. I actually thought it might be a little higher than that. Where did you find all of that information? 210 million phone calls per second. Wow. How does our technology handle all of that information? Amazing.

  6. Awesome post. I love learning stats like these. It’s incredible how far technology has come– it really makes me look forward to the future! Who knows what is in store for us even 5 to ten years from now.

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