health statistics

Data is a pretty incredible thing. Accurately captured, processed and analysed information can help medical trials change patients’ lives, can ensure that research projects generate mind-blowing results and can even improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your business. What’s more, data can tell us a thing or two about our own lives and bodies – here are just a few fascinating facts and figures about how data makes up the average human life…

1-14 petabytes – It is estimated that the average human brain can store between one and fourteen petabytes of data, although nobody knows for sure. To put that in context, the current largest commercially available hard-drive can store just 12 terabytes of data – a petabytes is 1,000 terabytes.

3 billion – Your heart will beat more than 3 billion times over the course of your lifespan.

110,000 miles – Over the course of an average lifetime, a moderately active person will walk over 100,000 miles, which is enough to circumnavigate the earth more than four times over.

100 trillion – The average human adult contains more than 100 trillion cells. In comparison, there are only 7 billion indexed pages on the entire internet…

£1.5 million – The average Briton will spend more than one and a half million pounds over the course of a lifetime, although we can’t help but think that there are a few lottery winners and footballers pushing that figure up!

14,500 – You will make more than 14.5 thousand Google searches over the course of your lifespan, although that average is increasing every single day…

60,000 miles – Your circulatory system is more than 60,000 miles long, or a quarter if the distance from the earth to the moon.

70,000 – Over the course of your lifetime you’ll meet in excess of 70,000 other people – it would take a mammoth database to ever memorise them all!

1/3 – We will spend a third of our lifetime asleep, but our brains are still processing data from the day’s events in the form of dreams.

22,000 – William Gladstone claimed it was possible to read 22,000 books in a lifetime. While that may be so, retaining the data on plotlines, characters and events may be more than the average human brain can handle…

Data is all around us. It is vital, it is useful and it is abundant – so abundant that some people and institutions have more data than they know what to do with! If you’re looking to make the most of all this data for a research project, internal audit or healthcare study, make use of our accurate data capture solutions and ensure that you get the information you need, when you need it.