The Digital Age: A New Form of Hoarding

As our electronic devices become smaller, our storage space begins to expand, as we now gain access to more than 512GB simply on our mobiles.

But now with more storage so easily and readily available on our phones, laptops and online services, we begin to lose track of our digital spaces.

We start to accumulate hundreds of unread emails, thousands of photos, unnamed documents.

But what does this mean? We are actually creating digital clutter, showcasing and transferring the characteristics of hoarding, into the digital sphere.

We spoke to Monash University Associate Professor Darshana Sedera, to discuss the concept of digital hoarding from his research paper, ‘Is Digital Hoarding a Mental Disorder?’.

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