Your 2013 Internet habits: More YouTube and Snapchat, less Facebook and Windows

Also, China is winning, mobile devices mesmerize, and you're fat, says a Kleiner Perkins report on the state of the Net

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• This year, YouTube users are uploading 100 hours of video every minute. Who knew the world had so many adorable kittens? But users of Dropcam, a Wi-Fi spycam popular with working moms, uploaded even more.

• Think Instagram is the king of photo apps among obnoxious hipsters? Think again. So far this year more than three times as many photos have been uploaded using Snapchat. Think of Instagram as the portraits you hang on your wall, while Snapchat is more like the Polaroids you hide in your underwear drawer. Enough said.

• On average, people look at their smartphones 150 times a day, only sometimes because they find you hopelessly boring. But this is leading to an explosion of wearable devices like Google Glass that deliver data to you without forcing you to be rude.

• Name the No. 1 education resource on the Internet. Wikipedia? Nope. iTunes U? Guess again. University of Phoenix? Come on, son. No, the numero uno source of "learning tools" is Twitter, or so says a survey by the Centre for Learning & Performance Technology. See? You can earn your doctorate 140 characters at a time; it will only take you 347 years.

• U.S. colleges awarded a bit more than 50,000 computer science degrees to undergrads every year. The number of annual job openings for applicants with computer science degrees: 120,000. The number of H-1B visas issued last year? 85,000, or the same number as for the last 10 years. Now if only somebody in government knew how to do that math on that...

• 100 million Americans are now officially labeled as obese, or twice the percentage of 1990. Medical costs associated with obesity have also doubled. Maybe it's time to lay off the Pepsi and pork rinds and talk a walk, eh?

Probably the most compelling part of the slideshow are the notes about innovative technology companies reimagining communications, financial services, housing, transportation, retail, and education, with the possibility of doing the same for our obscenely overpriced, stuck-in-the-1980s health care system.

That would be just what the doctor ordered.

What do you think is the biggest Internet trend of 2013? Post your prognostications below or email me: cringe@infoworld.com.

This article, "Your 2013 Internet habits: More YouTube and Snapchat, less Facebook and Windows," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.

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