Numbers in January 2017

Michael Data & Graphics, Photo January 14, 2017

Share of time spent by US social media users by, respectively, smartphone | desktop/laptop | tablet (Nielsen, Q3 2016):

18-34 (millennials): 78% | 12% |10%
35-49:                         69% | 18% | 13%
50+:                            63% | 25% | 12%

2016 Warmest Year… (NASA):

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.1°C (2.0°F) since the late 19th century

New York in 2050 (Vice):

…by 2050 winter will have fewer than 50 days of freezing cold, instead of the average of 72 that was the norm in the late 20th century.

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities or urban areas, up from 54% today. (fastcoexist)

An Economy for the 99% (Oxfam):

Since 2015, the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet.
Eight men now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world.

Over the next 20 years, 500 people will hand over $2.1 trillion to their heirs–a sum larger than the GDP of India, a country of 1.3 billion people.

The incomes of the poorest 10% of people increased by less than $3 a year between 1988 and 2011, while the incomes of the richest 1% increased 182 times as much.
A FTSE-100 CEO earns as much in a year as 10,000 people in working in garment factories in Bangladesh.
In the US, the growth in the incomes of the bottom 50% over the last 30 years has been zero, whereas incomes of the
top 1% have grown 300%.

Mortality in the United States in 2015 (CDC):

  • Life expectancy for the U.S. population in 2015 was 78.8 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014.
  • The age-adjusted death rate increased 1.2% from 724.6 deaths per 100,000 standard population in 2014 to 733.1 in 2015.
  • The infant mortality rate changed from 582.1 infant deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014 to 589.5 in 2015.

Wealth shares in the United States (Tableau):

Bottom 90% have gotten relatively poorer, from 36% in 1985 to 23% in 2012;
Top 0.01% have gotten a lot richer, from 3.6% to 11.2%;
Top 1% have gotten from 25.1% to 41.8%;
Relatively speaking, only top 1% have gained their share of US wealth.

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During Obama presidency, the US got a little greener (Graphiq):

Coal decreased from 48% to 30%;
Nonhydro renewable increased from 3% to 6.5%.

US federal debt increased by about 50% from $12 trillion to $18 trillion during Obama presidency (Graphiq)

The average increase for 2017 benchmark premiums for Obamacare Marketplace Plans is 25%, the rates of increase vary a great deal (Graphiq):

Indiana: -4%;
Ohio: -2%;
Arkansas: 1%;
California: 5%;
Michigan: 5%;
Iowa: 6%;
Kentucky: 3%;
New York: 24%;
Kansas: 46%;
Pennsylvania: 51%;
Minnesota: 55%;
Oklahoma: 67%;
Arizona: 145%.

Child raising costs have risen 3% to $233,600 for a child born in 2015 to reach age 18 (Bloomberg)

79% of internet users (68% of all U.S. adults) use Facebook

76% of Facebook users visit the site daily (55% visit several times a day);

32% of internet users (28% of all U.S. adults) use Instagram

51% of Instagram users access it on a daily basis (35% do so several times a day);

24% of internet users (21% of all U.S. adults) use Twitter

42% of Twitter users are daily visitors (23% visit more than once a day);

29% of internet users (25% of all U.S. adults) use LinkedIn;

31% of internet users (26% of all U.S. adults) use Pinterest. (Pew)

Facebook and Snapchat have both surpassed 8 billion daily video views (Recode);
YouTube’s 1 billion-plus users are watching hundreds of millions of hours of video each day (YouTube);
Experts predict 74% of all internet traffic in 2017 will come from video (syndacast);
85% of the time, videos are watched without sound on Facebook (Hootsuite)

China to invest $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020;
Australia $100 billion in coal, TheAustralian
Top US social networks and minutes per day spent by US internet users, via in late 2014:

Facebook: 42 min.
Tumblr: 34 min.
Instagram: 21 min.
Pinterest: 21 min.
Twitter: 17 min.
LinkedIn: 10 min.

Via Nicholas Kristof’s column ending 2016:

Major three US TV networks aired a total 3 hours and 40 minutes of issues reporting during the 2008 election year, that figure dropped to 36 minutes total for 2016.