In a world of digitalization, the amount of data is constantly increasing. Creating, maintaining, and using digital material consumes energy, yet according to some estimations, 90% of data is useless.
Unnecessary emails, files, apps, duplicates of photos and videos are all digital waste that creates digital pollution. Digital trash sits in the backups on servers that provide us with cloud service and continue consuming electricity. Each year the internet and its supporting systems produce 900 million tons of CO2, which’s more than the annual output of the whole of Germany. Some studies estimate that in a decade the internet network will consume 20 percent of the world’s total energy.
By deleting unnecessary files, apps, photos, videos and emails from our computers and mobile phones, not only do we decrease digital pollution, but we also preserve the quality of our tools.
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