Terms of Services and Their Lengths
Have you ever read the terms of service before signing up for a service or downloading an app or software? It's a question whose answer is pretty much predictable and it is true that almost all of us don't care to read the lengthy digital contracts.
The infographic below gives an insight into the lengths of common apps and platforms with the total number of words and the time it will take for readers to go through them.
Do we Have the Time for That?
According to research, an average adult reads around 200 to 250 words in a minute, while college students can read up to 300 words in a minute, given their studious habits. If you look at some terms and conditions they are usually are around 5000 words long and can go up to 12,000 and higher (take Microsoft's one for example). Reading a 12,000-word agreement can take about an hour for an average person and while they might be willing to spare that time for it, these digital contracts tend to be super boring that a reader would lose interest after a few lines. Besides they are full of entire suites of products, rules, online cash transactions and so much more, who really wants to read all of that? And if by any chance, one does read it fully, it will be hard to comprehend it in one go.
But these apps and software collect data from you regularly, and your activity and information are easily gathered and saved. Sounds scary right? So do you wish to know what you've agreed to over all these years?
Check out the infographic below to know about how much time it will take to read the terms of services of your go-to applications and software.
Infographic by: Visualcapitalist.com