Loading up on all things digital

On the same day that I read about a strangely prolific Digital Hoarder, I also read that Facebook contains 4% of all photos ever taken in history.  I suspect the two are related items.

The hoarder has found she cannot delete things from her digital life. She’s immobile, arrested, overwhelmed, and time-challenged because she can’t get around to tackling her growing collection of emails, photos, videos, and voice mails.  More than half of these things she hasn’t even viewed, opened, or listened to.  We’re not talking about small numbers here.  She has over 112,000 emails in her inbox, of which 91,000 are unread.  Yikes!  They say email is a dying communication medium and this is an example of how that is happening… by reverse suffocation.  People don’t bother and the medium becomes increasingly irrelevant to their lives (although who knows what the senders of all those unread emails think).

It’s incredible too that Facebook is rapidly becoming THE repository for photos.  I used to work with an executive assistant who utilized FB’s platform so much, it would not surprise me to learn she’s responsible for 2 of those 4%.

I don’t know what to think of this behavior, of letting things digitally pile up.  I can’t say it’s bad or good or something in between.  Who knows?  Obviously, the digital storage people aren’t worried about it.  It does make me wonder though about one thing.  What happens when someone emails a friend and gets no response because the friend never reads it?   Do they follow that up with a phone call and leave a message?  At what point do people move on from people who can’t or won’t manage their communication media?

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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