Thursday, May 7, 2009
The following interesting facts & statistics, show how the world is quickly moving, in the direction of A Perfect World.
ECONOMY & TECHNOLOGY
In America, the length of the average work week has diminished, from some 53 hours at the start of the century, to about 35 hours at present.
In 1945, a call between the U.S. and Japan, cost $10.00 a minute. Today, this same call, costs more than 95% less, without even adjusting for inflation.
There are over 10 million private businesses in the U.S. today, 25% more than there were, in 1970.
In 1940, one American worker produced only enough food to supply a dozen people. Now, a single worker turns out enough food, for about 80 people.
Today, according to the Statistical Abstract of the U.S., only 1.6 million are on active duty, and only 267,000 serve in foreign countries.
Worldwide military spending was reduced by $935 billion dollars between 1987 and 1994.
YOU & YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Since 1900, the average life expectancy in the U.S. has risen to 74 from 47 years, a gain of nearly 60%.
50% of all medical advances, have been developed in the past 10 years.
From 1988 to 1993, the U.S. recycling rate has risen from 3% to 22%.
The number of people over 100 years old (aproximately 52,000), has tripled since 1980.
79% of American adults believe, that strong spiritual faith can
help people recover, from illness or injury
According to the F.B.I., the nation's murder rate reached its lowest level in 30 years. Serious crimes reported to the police in 1997, declined for a 6th consecutive year.
Despite the huge growth in multi-media, Americans are buying a record number of books. Yearly purchases now exceed 2 billion books. Up from about 1.7 billion, in the mid 1980's.
Americans gave some $144 billion to charity in 1995 (up nearly 8% from the previous year); marking the sharpest gain in a decade.
In 1990, overall attendance at U.S. sporting events totaled 388 million; while overall attendance at religious services, exceeded 5 billion.