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Written by: Bob and Joy Schwabach on Apr 22 2011, 2:08pm

Numbers Report: How Many Gadgets Does the Average Household Have?

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We have two desktop computers, three laptops, two video cameras, a digital camera, two cell phones, a scanner, three TVs, eight remote controls, three DVRs, a Google TV box, a Kindle, an iPad, a dozen or so external drives and coming soon, an iPod Touch. That puts us only about average according to the Consumer Electronics Association. They say the average U.S. household has about 24 electronic gadgets.

(What Bob wants to know and is not made clear in the information release is what do they count as electronic devices? Do they count microwave ovens? How about stereos, clock-radios, digital watches? What about fluorescent light bulbs, which all have electronic circuitry built into the base to control the voltage.)

About two million tons worth of the more obvious electronic gadgets are discarded each year, and less than 20 percent are recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The rest end up in landfills, where toxic materials such as lead, mercury and beryllium can leak. We’re doing our bit by keeping our junk in the closet. Only the next ice age will bury it.

 

 

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Eileen Brown says:

HA! I have to agree on that.  I have so much old, unused electronic stuff around here, it's truly embarrassing.  

I also wonder what they consider "electronic stuff" as I'm afraid I might come out on the top of that list, in the highest category. And I don't tend to throw away anything electronic anyhowsen.  

They could easily find a ton of that crapola (old, unused electronics) in my house alone.  Heh.

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Apr 23 2011, 5:11pm | Report

Bob and Joy Schwabach says:

We used to have a huge box of old cables and spare parts, that after many years of unuse, I talked Bob into giving away. Now if ever we need something, he says "Where's the cable box," and I feel guilty because it's something we can finally use. We still have lots of old leftover parts from unknown gizmos. -Joy

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Apr 23 2011, 6:49pm | Report

Ryan McCallister says:

Just counted them all up. We have 32 between me, my wife, and both kids. Don't make me do that math for how much that all cost.

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