The IT community can\u2019t get enough of numbers. Now that hardware speeds and feeds have been pass\u00e9 for several years, we eat up every morsel of data we can get on return on investment, total cost of ownership, and oh yes, technology-minded survey after survey. Admittedly, we tech journalists are helping fuel this desire for instant gratification via metrics and stats. In the age of web news, few things make readers click faster than a sexy stat. But some of these numbers should do more than make you say \u201chmmm.\u201d Consider these three recent gems: 1. Today, Kelton Research reports that \u201c65 percent of Americans spend more time with their computer than their spouse.\u201d If you count all your work time, maybe, but this survey asked about time with your home computer. Still, writers across the web couldn\u2019t resist this little Mars\/Venus nugget. (Guys, you all talk the talk but we know the truth: If you\u2019re lucky enough to have a spouse or significant other who cares about you, you\u2019re not ditching them for a computer, even if it is a sexy little Apple number. Plasma TVs are a different story.)\u00a0 This survey goes onto report that \u201cthe average consumer has experienced computer troubles eight times - about every four months - over the last three years.\u201d These guys are not living in my home PC world. One problem every four months? My PC\u2019s not that well-behaved. And what\u2019s \u201ccomputer troubles\u201d anyway? Is that when my mom drags her entire email inbox somewhere and can\u2019t find it? Is it when spyware shows up under the radar on your PC, or is it when your hard drive dies? Send these numbers right back to the company who sponsored the study: SupportSoft, a company promising to, hmmm, improve your PC support options with an upcoming online support service. 2. Now check out this winner, courtesy of NPD Research: According to their \u201cKids and Digital Content\u201d study, released last week, \u201cKids are becoming increasingly tech-savvy, playing video games and using and downloading content to cell phones, computers and portable digital music players as young as age 2.\u201d\u00a0 The study examines kids age 2 to 14 and their device and content habits, asking them, and yes, their mothers, about their digital lives. According to NPD, \u201conly 15 percent\u201d of 2- to 5-year-olds are using cell phones, but 62 percent of 11- to 14-year-olds use them.2-year-olds using cell phones? I have an almost-three-year-old and he could use a cell phone \u2013 as a passenger in a dump truck, a percussion instrument, or something new to hurtle through the basketball hoop. But he\u2019s not ordering up a custom ringtone anytime soon. Or maybe they\u2019re talking about simply saying hello to grandma on the cell phone, once out of the ten times you try? Sheesh.\u00a03. \u201cGreen\u201d used to be about money, but this year it\u2019s all about being \u201ccarbon-neutral.\u201d Just watch, that term will be popping up in well-dressed vendor materials everywhere. But this newsflash\u00a0would make even Kermit the Frog smile: \u201cSecure Instant Messaging to Save the Earth from 14.2 billion lbs of CO2 Every Year.\u201d Or so says technology consultancy BWCS, in research being promoted by a UK secure instant messaging company, Presence Networks. If 25% of office workers in the UK would just get with this instant messaging trend and stop commuting to work, that\u2019d be the equivalent to planting 713.5 million new trees annually, the study continues. Are they counting their trees before they bloom? Who honestly knows?I\u2019ve learned a lot of technology-related math in my time. I learned how to check hard drive math. I learned how to check microprocessor math. But tree math? Nope. Not going there. Personally, I think many of the current tree numbers are probably for the birds.Now let's make this more fun. What unbelievable number have you seen recently? Shame on.