Cultural and Biological Impact of Living in Cities

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Learn the cultural and biological impact of living in cities.

Over half of the people in the world live in urban areas, even though cities only cover 3 percent of the Earth’s surface.

The effects of a growing human population, industrialization, and urbanization define a new geologic era on Earth known as the Anthropocene, or the age of humans.

The urban environment that most humans inhabit shapes how we live our lives and communicate with each other.

Genetic diversity is declining due to the intermixing of vastly different populations in urban centers.

The instantaneous communication capabilities made possible by the internet have changed how we interact and who we interact with.

The amount of information that the average urban dwelling person is exposed to daily is said to be equivalent of how much information a 15th century person would have to process in their whole life.

One study claims that people in the modern information age are exposed to 174 newspapers worth of information in a single day.

The study from the University of Southern California also estimated that 94 percent of all data is digital, compared with only a quarter of information a decade ago.