Matters of Scale - Brain Drain

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Age at which Mozart composed his first symphony
9 years
Cumulative time the average American will have spent watching TV, by the age of 65
9 years
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Percentage of Americans who can name three Supreme Court Justices
17
Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges
59
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Hours per year the average American youth spends in school
900
Hours per year the average American youth watches TV
1,500
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Number of people in the world who had a conventional telephone line in 2002
1.10 billion
Number who had a cell phone by then
1.14 billion
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Percentage of his or her "media time" spent on TV or radio by the average American, age 12 to 64
77
Percentage of his media time spent on TV or radio by the average American boy, age 12 to 17
62
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Percentage of his or her media time the average American (age 12 to 64) spends on electronic media (TV, radio, Internet, and video games)
93
Percentage he or she spends on print media (newspapers and magazines)
7
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Sources: Time watching TV: A.C. Nielson Co.; Percentages of time spent on various media: Knowledge Networks/SRI Multi-Media Mentor, 2003; Hours in school vs. watching TV: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Conventional vs. cell phone access: Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2004.