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Does less drive time mean more data?

I came across this cool infographic on “The Perks of Working from Home” and it made me think about what drive time means not only from an environmental perspective, but from a data perspective.

When you think about it, over the course of the day, we spend a good chunk of time creating data. Whether it is taking photos with our smart phones and posting them to Facebook or Flickr, tweeting, blogging, shooting video, online shopping, or creating files in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.  If we think about the times we don’t create a lot of data, two come to mind:  sleeping and driving.

If the average worker spends 109 hours or 4.5 days per year commuting, how much extra data might we create if we didn’t spend any time commuting? Consider some of the data taken from this very popular infographic on “How Much Data Is Created Every Minute?

  • WordPress users post 499,680 blog posts per day; with no commute, this means an additional 2,248,560 blog posts.
  • YouTube users post 69,120 videos per day. Get rid of the commute, and we’re talking 311,040 videos.
  • Facebook users share 984,960,000 pieces of content per day. Imagine if we always worked from home. We could increase posts to Facebook by 4,432,230,000.
  • Twitter sends over 144,000,000 tweets per day.  If you don’t tweet while you are driving, and I hope you don’t, we could add an additional 648,000,000 tweets to the twitter-sphere.
Begging the question, if everyone always worked from home, how much bigger would big data get?


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