Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Consumption Quiz

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Here's a special On the Brink Black Friday Quiz on consumption. The answers to the quiz are in the comments section. Links to other On the Brink Quizzes follow the Consumption Quiz.

1. On average, which country has the most number of televisions per household? How many televisions are owned per household in this country?

2. On average, which country has the most number of computers per household? How many computers are owned per household in this country?

3. Each person in the U.S. produces 4.38 pounds of waste per person each day. Is this number increasing or decreasing with time?

4. Approximately 34% of the U.S. household garbage is recycled. Is this number increasing or decreasing with time?

5. The Department of Labor studies how Americans spend their monthly pay. After housing, what is the biggest expenditure for Americans each month? Is it entertainment, food, or transportation?

6. While waste production is slowly decreasing in many developed countries, it is expected that global waste production will actually increase due to the growth of consumerism in developing countries. According to the World Bank, world garbage production is expected to increase by _____ percent by 2025 (fill in the blank).

7. On average, how much do Americans spend on holiday gifts each year? Is this number increasing or decreasing?

8. On average, how much do Americans give to charity each year? Is this number increasing or decreasing?

9. Over the holidays, Americans buy lots of gifts. Americans spend most money on clothing and accessories. What is the second most common item for gifts? Is it books and CD's, electronics, or gift cards?

10. There has been a global movement to try to limit consumption due to the impacts consumerism has on the environment and world cultures. One group focuses on trying to encourage people to limit consumption around the holidays. This group organizes Buy Nothing Day on the Black Fridays after Thanksgiving celebrations around the world. Where and what year was the first Buy Nothing Day organized?

1 comment:

Bob Brinkmann said...

1. U.S., 3
2. Bahrain, 5
3. It has been slowly decreasing from a high of 4.74 pounds per person in 2000.
4. The number is steadily increasing. We recycle more waste as a percent of a total than we have ever recycled in the history of statistical assessment in the U.S.
5. Transportation
6. 70 percent. From 1.3 billion tons per year to 2.2 billion tons per year.
7. $770, increasing
8. $1123, increasing
9. Gift cards
10. Canada, 1992