Did you know that you—if you are an average-type person—produce six newspapers' worth of information a day? And, get this, you receive 174 newspapers' worth of information. This is according to scientists, of course, who
used a complex formula to calculate the average amount of information stored—and sent—in the world—from every medium from computers to paper and books—to letters in the post.
"These figures show that we are in the middle of the information age," Dr. Hilbert said.
Indeed, Dr. Hilbert. The information age! Did you know, also, that there are 295 "exabytes" (that's "315 times the number of grains of sand on Earth") of information "floating around the world"? And that, apparently, the average person only produced two-and-a-half pages of information 24 years ago, and received only 40 newspapers? (We're still somewhat unclear on what "information" means here, but we understand the scientists used "a complex formula, so.)
The question, obviously, is what, exactly, goes into those six newspapers you are producing every day. Because I would wager that we are not talking six New York Times, here. We are probably not even talking six New York Posts, to be honest; I think we are most likely talking six poorly copy-edited editions of The Daily What I Ate for Lunch and the Natalie Portman Lesbian Scene Black Swan Torrent Mila Kunis Herald-Tribune. (And the 174 newspapers we are receiving! Three of them are written and edited by Justin Bieber. And those are the best ones.)