The Atlantic dug up a study by Carnegie Mellon where researchers found that it would take seventy-six eight-hour work days for the average American to actually read the privacy policies for every website they interact with in a given year. I wonder how long one spends scrolling past privacy policies and clicking "I agree to all terms and conditions."
I whipped out my own math magic wand to figure out that in 53.8 billion hours of not reading privacy policies, America could consume its desired content, presumably viral video classic "Charlie bit my finger," 3.5 trillion times. Also, in the time it would take to read eighty-one privacy policies, you could read Don DeLillo's White Noise, the great postmodern novel about media saturation and fear of death, twice.
The research also assigns a monetary value to the time spent reading privacy polices: $781 billion a year. The hypothetical privacy-policy-reading industry would be worth more than the GDP of Florida, says The Atlantic.