30 Million American Adults Do Not Own A Cellphone

A few years back, this would not have been news. We spotted this stat today – that the cellphone ownership percentage among American adults is around 88 percent –

“Overall, cellphone ownership among American adults is around 88%, according to Pew Research Center surveys. In the past two years, there were some increases in cellphone ownership among the poor and the elderly. ” (Source)

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4 Hours and 51 Minutes Every Day. How Much Is Too Much?

Too much TV is a bad thing. How much is too much? We spotted this stat today:

“Nielsen’s Total Audience Report highlighted the continuing, precipitous fall in live television watching, which was particularly pronounced among younger audiences. Adults spent an average of 4 hours and 51 minutes watching live television per day in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 13 minutes from the same period a year earlier.”

That is live TV. How about total screen time per day? Seriously. Let’s not even go there.

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$83 Trillion: US Household Wealth Touches Record High

Huge numbers, these – we spotted this stat today:

“Household wealth rose 1.9 percent during the October-December quarter to nearly $83 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Stock and mutual fund portfolios gained $742 billion, while the value of Americans’ homes rose $356 billion.” Source

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The Dollar Will Soon Be Worth More Than The Euro

Well, that day will be here soon – we spotted this stat today:

“There’s a currency war going on, and the United States is losing. As of Wednesday, the euro had fallen to a 12-year low of $1.05, down from as much as $1.39 just last year. That’s a 24 percent drop in 11 months, to be exact, and there’s no reason to expect it to stop anytime soon.” Source

Get ready folks – big day coming up!

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Wall St Bonus More Than Double The Earnings of 1 Mn Workers

We spotted this stat today:

“The Wall Street bonus pool rose to $28.5 billion last year, and the industry added jobs for the first time since 2011 even as profits in the securities sector fell, New York state’s budget watchdog said on Wednesday.

Wall Street bonuses have been a contentious issue since the financial crisis. This year’s pool was more than double the combined earnings of 1 million American full-time minimum wage workers, according to an Institute for Policy Studies.”

(Source)

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You’ll Never Guess: Ikea Catalogue Copies Printed Every Year

We spotted this stat today –

“Ikea’s catalogues serve a similar purpose as the sample rooms—and, again, the company has invested in the strategy in a comprehensive way. Catalogues come in 32 languages and 67 versions, with each reflecting local customers and customs. There are two catalogues for Belgians: one in French, another in Flemish. Ikea customers in Winnipeg and Calgary typically see a different version from their Francophone countrymen in Montreal.

Ikea printed 217 million copies of its most recent annual tome—which the company claims is the biggest run of any publication of its kind in the world—producing them in a studio in Älmhult, Sweden.”

Source

Dominating the world, indeed.

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Stunning: Samsung Spent $13.8 Billion In Research and Development In 2014

We spotted this stunning stat today:

“Samsung hasn’t had the best year financially but it’s not slowing down its spending on R&D. BusinessKorea reports that Samsung spent an astonishing $13.8 billion in research and development in 2014, the single largest R&D investment in the company’s history.” Source

13.8 Billion research dollars in one year. wow.

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Stunning: Two-Thirds of Mobile Traffic Comes From Just Five Apps

Here is a stunner of a stat – we spotted this today –

“A recent report by Ericsson shows that two-thirds of app data traffic over mobile networks comes from just five apps. Depending on the country, the five apps changed but overall it was clear that video streaming and social networking apps dominated countries around the world.” Source

One more – The report also notes that total mobile video traffic over the next six years will be around 17 times greater than that of last six years. (Source)

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To Afford A Home In San Francisco, You Need To Make A Salary Of..

Get prepared to hear an insane number. We spotted this stat today:

“On a national scale, a buyer who puts 20 percent down would need to earn a salary of $48,604 to afford the median-priced home in America. But that total varies a lot from city to city. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, St. Louis and Cincinnati rank as the most affordable metros in which to buy a new home – HSH.com estimates that you can buy the median home while making less than $34,000 – while New York, Los Angeles and San Diego are at the high end, requiring salaries of nearly $90,000 or more. But the most expensive city by far is San Francisco, where the site estimates you would need to make $142,448 to buy the median home in the area.” Source

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Stunning: There Are More Chinese Restaurants In The US Than..

We spotted this stat today:

“Today, there are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than the combined total of Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s restaurants.” Source

More than all these giants combined? Thats huge.

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