Weekend Reading: Internet consumption, smartphone or car, and the HTC One

If there’s one thing I love writing about, it’s the endless stats that pop up online surrounding how important technology has become in our daily lives. This week we found some great articles that opened our eyes to how much we rely on the internet on a daily basis and what age group is more likely to give up their car before their smartphone. As well, we tell you about a new HTC Cash Back Offer for customers. Catch up with us in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading. 

 

How much internet do we consume daily?

Ever wonder just how much data you really consume in a single day? If like me, you’re in for a surprise.

Internet Service Providers posted an infographic this week that’s pretty mind blowing, considering there are only 24 hours, 1440 minutes or 86400 seconds in one day.

So what did they find? For starters, there are 2.4 billion internet users worldwide. Of them, there are 2.8 million emails sent every second, 320 new Twitter accounts made every minute, and 780,000 apps downloaded every hour! This translates to about 133,333 years online, can you believe it?!

More crazy stats in the full infographic here.

What do you value more – your car, or smartphone?

This answer could likely vary depending on your age group, as showcased by a recent survey from The Huffington Post. According to the survey, “Millennials” (ages 18-34) were the only group to put their mobile device needs before that of transportation.

That being said, they were also the more conscious of the groups to make an effort to utilize things such as public transit, carpooling, and walking or biking. With so many alternatives, it’s easier to see why 30% were more willing to give up their car before their smartphone.

How do you feel about the results? Are you a “millennial” who passionately stands by your device? Or in another age bracket who defies the stats and would sacrifice your vehicle for your smartphone? I think no matter what demographic you fall into, it’s a tough decision. As one of our previous Rogers Innovation Reports indicated, 4% of Canadians would be willing to sacrifice bathing to keep their internet – maybe it’s not such a difficult choice after all! What do you think?

HTC One awards and promo offers

Those of you looking to upgrade to the new HTC One couldn’t have picked a better time! After winning “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet” at the Mobile World Congress, HTC decided to supply a $100 (CDN) credit to HTC customers who trade in their older HTC model to purchase the HTC One.

For a limited time, customers can register for the HTC Cash Back Offer, purchase and activate a new HTC One before March 31, 2013 then send in their old phone with proof of purchase of their new phone. HTC will then send a Prepaid VISA card worth minimum $100 (CDN) in value! Full details on the phone and HTC Cash Back Offer available here. A fantastic offer for a fantastic device!

Kelly is a regular Redboard contributor.

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  1. Bhupinder D says: March 8th, 2013 a 7:54pm

    How much internet do we consume daily?

    133,333 years online…wow! I am going to need another cup of tea before I try to process this info!

    What do you value more – your car, or smartphone?

    Call me old fashioned but I value my car more than my smartphone. And I would also like to say that I am one of the 96 percent who would not sacrifice bathing for the internet.

    HTC One awards and promo offers

    The HTC One looks like a very nice device!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. When will we be able to buy the HTC ONE???? No official launch date yet??!! Come on Rogers. Give us something!!

  3. Will the HTC One be offered in the 64Gb size at release?

    • RogersElise says: March 26th, 2013 a 1:47pm

      Hi Aegil. We can’t comment on sizes or availability until an official announcement has been made.