Daily device devotion now exceeds 24 hours per day for some


Americans certainly love their tech devices, and that includes all things mobile. So much so, in fact, that the total amount of time that some Americans spend logged on to all of their favorite tech companions combined exceeds 24 hours daily.

That is the finding of new research from the Center for Large-Scale Data Systems at the University of California in San Diego. The good news, according to study author and researcher James Short: the average American doesn't fit that profile: he or she spends only 15.5 hours on average each day logged on to a mobile device.

If all this digital devotion sounds too good to be true, it is due to multitasking, notes an article in Live Science.

"The average person in the United States will access 15.5 hours' worth of media a day by 2015," the article notes. "But that doesn't mean people are sitting in front of screens for all of their waking hours. Much of that increase is due to the rise of multitasking and the use of multiple devices at once."

The largest digital time consumer for many Americans is still television, the report notes. For example, 2012 statistics show that 60 percent of that media use time came from TV and radio, followed by 24 percent from mobile devices and computers. But the use of mobile devices is on the rise, as mobile devices become the technology of choice for more daily tasks.

The result of all of this is that the average American now consumers approximately 6.9 zetabytes of data per year, the study says. A zetabyte is equal to one trillion gigabytes.

For more:
- read the Live Science article

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