Internet-connected devices now outnumber people in the U.S.

Say hello to your shiny, Wi-Fi-enabled overlords

Published January 3, 2013 7:10PM (EST)

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Everyone stay calm, but a new report from market researchers NPD Group shows that we are now outnumbered by our gadgets. That's right, there are currently more smartphones, computers, tablets and game consoles in this country than there are humans.

There are currently 315 million people in the United States, but NPD estimates that there are 425 million devices operating in U.S. households. And with cheaper tablets and other devices hitting the market at a rapid clip, that number is sure to continue to grow.

The way I see it, we either start reproducing or learn to speak binary code -- fast.

h/t BetaBeat


By Katie McDonough

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