What Happens in an Internet Minute? 2017

AP US Government and Politics

How many emails are sent out every minute?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What's the most interesting fact from this infographic?

  3. What's the most disturbing fact?

  4. What is the big story this infographic tells?

  5. In general, is this good or bad news?

  6. What does your average internet minute look like?

  7. What 2 questions do you have about an internet minute?

  8. Which of the companies/services from the infographic above do you use the most?

  9. Only one generation ago, there was no internet as we know it today. How do you think the internet has most profoundly changed your generation?

  10. How do you think an internet minute will be different in 10 years?

  11. What is the biggest change from 2016 to 2017 in what happens in an internet minute?*

  12. How do you imagine this information impacted last year's presidential election?

  13. What is the biggest impact of the information from the infographic on how the U.S. government functions?

  14. In the comments section, describe how different a typical day would be without the internet:

Learning Extension

Check out the Teens Fact Sheet from the Pew Research Center about internet consumption by U.S. teenagers.

Action Extension

Did you know that offline, the average person will have 35 to 48 thoughts per minute? When you get home from school, take twenty minutes to be by yourself. Stay off the internet for the first 10 minutes. Notice how you feel. Pay attention to your thoughts and where they go. Notice every time you reach for your phone or computer. Be aware of the speed of time. Stop. Now go online for ten minutes. Notice how different these ten minutes were from ten spent offline. Share your results with friends or family or in class.


Bonus Chart*