Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Technological Fun Facts

I was watching Things We Love to Hate on the Discovery Channel this morning and they did a show on e-mail and a show on cell phones. I thought that I would share some of the more interesting facts and statistics that I learned from the show...


  • People spend an average of 3 hours a day on frivolous e-mails.
  • Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of e-mail, sent the first e-mail message in 1971.
  • The first e-mail message read as follows: QWERTYUIOP. The top row of your keyboard.
  • Charles Bechner committed suicide due to spam.
  • In London, you can attend an e-mail dance party where people wear iPods, MP3 players, or Walkmen and dance in the street to their own music.
  • Teens voted e-mail as one of the top inventions of the 21st century for making life easier.
  • King's College conducted a study which showed that people who regularly e-mail have a 10% drop in their IQ scores.
  • Spam is 75% of all e-mail.
Cell Phones

  • Dr. Martin Cooper from Motorola placed the first cell phone call in 1973.
  • Cell phone addiction is a medically documented form of OCD and there are clinics where it is treated.
  • Cell phone usage is 6th on the list of driving distractions.
  • There are 170 million cell phone users in the United States and 2 billion world wide.
  • Cell phone use lowers the IQ more than smoking marijuana does.
  • 30% of Americans believe that cell phones cause cancer.
  • At the turn of this century, cell phones replaced cigarettes as the top addiction among teens.
  • In 2005, Australian doctors diagnosed the first case of carpal tunnel syndrome that was caused by excessive text messaging.
  • Having a Bluetooth capable phone could equal having a stalker.

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