By Aaron Kesel
According to a new study, the average American is filmed by an estimated 238 security cameras each week.
The study was authored by the Safety.com security team which found that the average American is filmed by security cameras more than 230 times a week, a number that has increased rapidly and is only expected to continue as facial recognition is pushed throughout society.
CNBC reports that there will be an estimated one billion security cameras filming around the world by 2021, with somewhere between 10-18% of those being in the United States alone. This may be attributed to the fact Ring operates in the U.S. which is used for monitoring neighborhoods. However, we don’t know for sure about that assumption. But Safety expands on that belief writing,
The advent of doorbell cameras becoming the norm for many people thinking about home security means an exponential increase in the number of times they might end up on camera, both on their own home security system but also while walking through the neighborhood where other homeowners might have their own system set up.
When calculated on a per-person basis, this is the second-highest ratio of security cameras to the population in the world. CBS News reported in 2019 that second to China, the U.S. has at least one security camera filming for every 4.6 people, compared to one camera for every 4.1 people in China.
The research is based on IPUMS Time Use data and spread out over the course of an average week. What was revealed is staggering — an estimated 238 times a week each person is recorded according to the study. The research included many aspects of a person’s daily life including driving, and walking around your own neighborhood while working and while shopping at retail stores.
The authors of the study concluded that the average person would be filmed 14 times while walking around their own neighborhood, 160 times while driving, 40 times while working, and 24 times while shopping in just a single week. However, these are rough estimates and shouldn’t be taken verbatim. The authors note while they found an average,