Surprising facts about technology

Surprising facts about technology

If you feel your eyes getting heavy next time you are staring at the computer monitor then that's because they are being put under more than twice the strain as usual. You blink roughly 7 times a minute while working on a laptop, PC or tablet, while the normal rate is 20 blinks per minute.

If your fingers are getting tired at the same time, that's probably because your typing. The average typist's fingers travel 12.6 miles every day.

We all know Apple like to make the inside of their hardware as beautiful as possible. If you crack open the original Macintosh, released in 1982, you will find 47 autographs from the Mac division of the company.

The first ever computer mouse was made from wood by Doug Engelbert all the way back in 1962.

We all know the web is getting bigger and bigger, but did you know that more than one million domain names are registered every single month.

The first ever banner ad was placed in 1994. Now over 5.3 trillion of these ads were placed online in the US alone last year. Typically, an internet user will see about 1,707 of these ads every month, though click through rates stand at just 0.1%. Plus, it's only a few people doing the clicking: 85% of all banner clicks are done by the same 8% of internet users. It's also worth noting that banner ads don't really get much sympathy, as just 15% of people trust them to be advertising what they claim to be advertising.

Technology is now a huge part of how human relationships both begin and end. 40 million of the 50 million single people in the United States have tried online dating at some point, while one in eight of all the marriages that began last year began online.

While you might assume the popular QWERTY keyboard is the most efficient way to type, the DVORAK keyboard has proven to be twenty times quicker on average. This is due to the fact that QWERTY was designed with typewriters in mind, while the DVORAK model was meant for the modern, computer based typist.