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):
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.
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):
New York: 24%;
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 eMarketer.com 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.