Are You A Cyber Hoarder?
A cyber hoarder by definition is, “when an individual has an excessive amount of pointless word documents, pictures, etc. saved on their computer that they will never look at”. So I was recently asked, “when does saving documents for safety’s sake turn into cyber hoarding?” My belief is that cyber hoarding is not much different from other hoarding. If you keep too much of anything, it can become a problem in your life. I have my own story of cyber hoarding (I know it’s not good for the organizer to come out with her hoarding issues, but hopefully my story will help you). I am an avid picture taker and never thought twice about saving pictures onto my hard drive, until, of course I overloaded it. As a mac user, I saved all photos into iPhoto and was very proud that the pictures were all in order by date. One day iPhoto crashed and all the dates freaked out! I had over 20,000 pictures in the program and it was just overloaded. Here is my warning…don’t do what I did! Store only your current pictures on your computer and keep past years on an external hard drive. You don’t need all photos, music, documents, etc. always readily accessible on your computer. Take a look at what you may be cyber hoarding, can you do some editing?