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Monday, January 11, 2010

How Average Are You?

The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in a lifetime and spends 120 hours a month watching television, the equivalent of five complete days in front of the TV. (http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/average.html)

The average American woman spends 55 minutes per day getting showered, dressed, and groomed. (http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/average.html

The average Facebook user has 130 friends on the site, spends more than 55 minutes per day on Facebook and clicks the Like button on 9 pieces of content each month. (http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

In 1941 the average woman was 5' 2", 129 pounds. Today she is 5' 4" and weighs 144 lbs (wearing between a 12 and 14). (http://fashion.about.com/cs/tipsadvice/a/allaboutfit.htm)

The average person keeps old magazines for 29 weeks before they throw them out. (http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_feb2004/Useless_Stats.htm)

The average college GPA is 3.11 (from 2007 - http://gradeinflation.com/)

The average family has more televisions than people. (http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1674995_1683300,00.html)

As of third quarter 2008, the average person in the U.S. watched approximately 142 hours of TV in one month.  In addition, people who used the Internet were online 27 hours a month, and people who used a mobile phone spent 3 hours a month watching mobile video. (http://en-us.nielsen.com/main/news/news_releases/2008/november/americans_cannot_get)

The latest study on the average number of texts for American teenagers is from Q4 2008, reported by the New York Times.  Ready?  2,272 text messages per month. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/26/health/26teen.html)
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I’ve been thinking about averages lately.  What are they and why do we care?  Averages can make us feel good, like we belong….and sometimes not. We seek out these number and hope that we fall in a range of numbers that are acceptable.   In the end, they are just numbers. Numbers, like those random things on the scale. 

Personally, I’ve probably blown through the 35,000 cookies in my lifetime so far. My family has the same number of TVs and computers as people and I have 173 Facebook friends to date. In 1941, I would have been taller and heavier than the average woman, but now, I’m shorter and lighter.

So what?

I’ve decided my job is to be the best I can be. I am to do the greatest thing I can do in a given moment, no matter what the "average" calls me to do. I have a family to love, a serious set of goals to work on and dreams to accomplish. If I set my eyes on what is average, average is what I’ll get in return. I’m aiming for the moon - - how about you?

“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.” - A. W. Tozer

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars." - Les Brown

3 comments:

Lisa B. (from WW) said...

Hi April - I love this! Besides 'settling' for average, I think we too often look outwardly for an expectation of what makes us worthwhile or what will make us happy. We judge ourselves from another's perspective. I refuse to do that (anymore). I love marching to my own drummer, reaching for the stars when it comes to what I want, and not settling for 'good enough'. Average smaverage!

Keep up the writing - you're definitely not average! I so enjoy reading what you write!!

April Rickard said...

You're so right, Lisa! Thanks for your thoughts!!

Teresa said...

Seeking Christ ferverently is an automatic ticket to MORE than average. Thank you for reminding me of the continued march to leave a legacy of "more than" average!!!