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  • It's easy to feel like the way we experience life is generally the same for others.

  • But did you realize that the majority of people in this world don't actually have the internet?

  • About 3.5 billion people or only 40% of the world has an internet connection today, meaning this digital reality we experience is actually done so by a minority of people in the world.

  • Or how about the fact that the majority of people on the world live in this circle?

  • In fact, it contains 22 of the world's 37 mega cities which each have at least 10 million people.

  • Only 2 cities in America fall into this category, New York and Los Angeles.

  • On that note, the majority of the world actually live in developing countries.

  • In fact, modern langauge is now advocating to change terms like "third world country" to "majority world country"

  • to more accurately represent that these countries are, well, the majority of humankind.

  • Even if the G8 countries made decisions that affect the majority of people on this planet.

  • To that point, around 70 to 80% of people on this planet make less than 10 US dollars a day.

  • Well, even in a wealthy country like America, over 50% of people make less than 30,000 dollars a year.

  • The good news is that global poverty has fallen by half over the last decade.

  • But we still have a global environment where more people have cell phones than toilets.

  • And when they're talking on those phones, the vast majority aren't speaking English as a first language.

  • The majority also aren't Christian.

  • As if November 2016 most people are male with roughly 55 million less females on the planet,

  • and of our population, the majority are under the age of 30.

  • In America, once you turn 37, you're officially older than half the country.

  • And the most common age for a person to be worldwide?

  • Zero years old, followed by 1 year old, 2 years old, 3, 4 and then 26 years old.

  • The majority of adults in the world weigh around 61 kilograms or 135 pounds,

  • whereas the vast majority of people in North America are overweight .

  • And while the majority of Nothern Americans drink coffee over tea,

  • three cups of tea are drank for every one cup of coffee worldwide, making it a much more popular drink.

  • Speaking of North America, the majority of the Canadian population actually lives South of Seattle.

  • In terms of energy consumption, the vast majority of the world consumes more than two times less energy per capita than Canadians or Americans.

  • If we take a wide view, it turns out that the majority of the universe is made up of dark energy at 68%.

  • Dark matter makes up 27% and the rest (everything on earth and everything ever observed with instruments), otherwise called "normal matter" only makes up 5% of the universe.

  • And given that atoms are made up of 99.99% empty space, the majority of you is...

  • nothing.

  • We want to send a special thanks to BIll and Melinda Gates for supporting this episode.

  • Did you know that the number of childhood deaths have been cut in half over the last 15 years?

  • And that 122 million children's lives have been saved since 1990?

  • Sometimes it may feel like the world is getting worse, but global health intervention is changing that,

  • and in their annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates highlight this amazing progress.

  • But, also the challenges, like how 45% of child deaths are linked to malnutrition.

  • You can check out the annual letter at by using the link in the description below to learn about and support their amazing initiatives.

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It's easy to feel like the way we experience life is generally the same for others.

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You Are Not The Majority

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    Sabrina Hsu posted on 2017/02/17
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