A digital hoarder is less conspicuous as compared to those whose homes that we see in reality TV shows–hoarders whose houses are cluttered with massive stacks of books, magazines, bottles, boxes of all shapes and sizes, and every single piece of junk the world could ever muster. A digital hoarder, also known as an e-hoarder, is someone who excessively collects and stores large quantities of data into their devices. These would include songs, movies, software, pictures, emails, and everything else that can be obtained, uploaded, and stored in cyberspace. Digital hoarding is a common reality. In fact, it is an increasing problem as most digital hoarders don’t realize that they have become one.
Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Collecting can be considered a hobby – shoes, vintage figurines, retro games, and so on. It is often linked to a person’s passion for a particular object. Hoarding, on the other hand, is essentially gathering stuff, believing each and everything has some sort of value even if in reality it has no value at all. As Josh Zerkel, a professional organizer, would put it, “It goes beyond just lack of organization - it turns into disorder”.
GET CLEANED UP
Decide what is important and what is not. This is easier said than done. For a hoarder, this would seem to be an impossible task. They could probably seek help from someone – preferably a Buddhist monk for infinite patience.
GET AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
STOP WITH DOWNLOADS ALREADY!
There are more ways on how to avoid clutter and I’m pretty sure you are well aware of it. Perhaps the first big step to avoid digital hoarding is to realize and accept the fact that anyone who has a smartphone, PC or tablet with Wi-Fi connectivity has the potential of becoming one.