Digital Hoarding

Our digital lives are increasing and expanding day by day. I’m sure we all have an email account with a few thousand emails and pictures on our phones totalling similar numbers.

With the storage capacity of our devices increasing with every upgrade and cloud storage plans costing peanuts, it might not seem like a problem to hold on to thousands of emails, photos, documents and various other digital belongings.

But emerging research on digital hoarding – a reluctance to get rid of the digital clutter we accumulate through our work and personal lives – suggests that it can make us feel just as stressed and overwhelmed as physical clutter. Not to mention the cybersecurity problems it can cause for individuals and businesses and the way it makes finding that one email you need sometimes seem impossible.

What is digital hoarding?

The official definition of hoarding is:

Digital hoarding (also known as e-hoarding or cyber hoarding) is excessive acquisition and reluctance to delete electronic material no longer valuable to the user. The behaviour includes the mass storage of digital artefacts and the retention of unnecessary or irrelevant electronic data.
On top of this there are also some tell tale signs which point to you being a digital hoarder. If you are digitally hoarding you:
  • Have a computer graveyard in your house
  • Your inbox is full of unread mails
  • Your desktop is a mess
  • Keep duplicates on the same storage device
  • Save every photo you ever took
  • Bookmark more than you can ever read
  • Phone is full of things you never use

To find out more about digital hoarding and how you can declutter to improve your life, click here.

Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at for help.

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