The latest Statistical Abstract of the United States has just been released. This is the sort of thing I could spend weeks digging thru, and as a service to 3WN readers I just might do that and occasionally post interesting tidbits I come across.
First up, our ridiculous relationship with television. Americans spend almost 4 hours and 15 minutes a day watching TV. That works out to 27% of our waking hours. That seems somehow pathetic. Yeah, I know there is plenty of entertaining stuff on these days, but still, can anyone be proud of the fact that a quarter of their life is spent passively staring at a TV screen? For what it is worth, we spend 15 minutes a day, less than 2% of our time, reading books.
On a completely unrelated note, women in 2004 received 45.3% of all PhDs in the sciences; 26% and 28% of physics and math respectively, and 46% and 67% of biology and psychology. The new report doesn't have historical data in this category but I think it would be interesting to see how those numbers have changed in the last 20 years.