Global Online Content Consumption Doubled In 2020

I happened to see my wife’s screen time analytics on her phone recently. She’s spending an average of almost seven hours a day on her phone.

And she’s not alone.

Global online content consumption is soaring in 2020, a new study of over 10,000 people in five countries says. The previous normal was just over three hours, but now my wife is — at least in this respect — completely and totally average. Average daily time spent consuming content is now six hours and 59 minutes, which includes phone, TV, and other forms of digital media.

The obvious question: if that’s average, how much screen time are the outliers getting?

Clearly, eight, nine, even ten hours a day. In fact, as a different study I covered a month ago

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Nitrogen dioxide halved but sulfur dioxide doubled — ScienceDaily

A University of Liverpool study of air pollution in the UK during the first 100 days of lockdown has revealed that whilst nitrogen oxide levels were cut by half, levels of sulphur dioxide increased by over 100%.

Researchers from the University’s School of Environmental Sciences analysed data from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) air-quality sensors and UK Met Office stations to see how lockdown measures had affected levels of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, particle matter (PM2.5) and ozone, and compare it to data from the past seven years.

The study revealed that during this period (from 23rd March to 13 June 2020) nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels were cut by half which would relate to the reduction in vehicle emissions. More surprisingly, though, the analysis found that levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2), typically created by UK industry but in sharp decline, were more than double that of

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