Are you a digital hoarder?
Most people are familiar with hoarding and the psychological issues associated with it. Hoarding leads to messy, cluttered homes and difficulty parting with items that you don’t use and don’t even need. But hoarding can also occur in the digital realm.
Types of Digital Hoarders
Digital hoarding, also known as e-hoarding, data hoarding or cyber hoarding, is excessive acquisition and reluctance to delete electronic material no longer valuable to the user. Digital files, folders, music, movies, computer programs, and even the “friends” we keep on social media are also forms of digital clutter.
Researchers have categorized digital hoarders into 4 different types, as per their characteristics.“Collectors” are organized, systematic and in control of their data. “Accidental hoarders” are disorganized, don’t know what they have, and don’t have control over it. The “compliant hoarder” keeps data on behalf of their company. Finally, “anxious hoarders” have strong emotional ties to their data — and are worried about deleting it.
How to Tackle Digital Hoarding
As hoarding is often associated with anxiety and insecurity, addressing the source of these negative emotions may alleviate hoarding behaviours. Workplaces can do more here, by reducing non-essential email traffic, making it very clear what information should be retained or discarded. In doing so, companies can help workers to avoid the compulsion to obsessively save and store the bulk of their digital data.
On the other hand, part of the problem is that it's so easy to accumulate electronic data. Our phones have an incredible amount of storage space compared with just five years ago, and thanks to cloud storage, we can effortlessly store a mind-boggling amount of data without even paying for it. Therefore, it is important to organize and pare down your digital files.
Digital hoarding can show itself in many ways but when it causes anxiety or issues with organization and productivity then it needs to be addressed. Digital clutter can be draining and stressful for some people. By organizing and getting rid of useless files in a regular way, people with this problem can ease some of their distress and declutter their own mind as well.
1. hoarding n. 贮存；聚藏
2. cluttered adj. 杂乱的；凌乱的；挤满的
3. part with 舍弃
4. compliant adj. 顺从的；百依百顺的；俯首帖耳的
5. traffic n. 信息流量；通信（量）
6. discard v. 丢弃
7. mind-boggling adj. 令人难以置信的；令人惊异的
8. pare down 减少；削减
9. draining adj. 使枯竭的；使筋疲力尽的
10. declutter v. 清除；清理