185 billion bits

The name takes itself from flow theory by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

If you live an average of seventy years processing 126 bits of information per second then you total out to around 185 billion bits. Everything you see, read, watch and experience is encompassed. Everywhere you travel, every website you visit, every page you turn or conversation you have totals to this tally.

Think of it as calorie counting for your brain.

When I first read that depiction it was mind blowing! I had never thought of experience in this way before. Never again did I want to get sucked into an addictive, but pointless tv show. No more bad movies, books, articles; these things were stealing precious bits of life from me I would never get back.


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