How often have you seen an old picture of yourself on the internet and you cringed at it? Have you ever thought of deleting it? Or did you opt to leave it for the memories? This is called tech-hoarding; the reluctance to delete electronic material that is no longer valuable for the user.
Social media platforms are very old now. They came out in the early 2000s and blew up in the late 2000s. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are all part of the OG social media sites. Despite them being so old, all three of these platforms have stayed and are now boasting billions of users across each platform. Since social media sites have come a long way, so has the trends and fashions. Quite often we look back and see the trends of the past that we were a part of – and for all intents and purposes, cringe at them.
The public trend is an ever-evolving phenomenon which means ten years from now, you may be looking at your pictures of today and cringing at them as you do at the past pictures. In a digital world, everything is recorded, saved and consumed. Longevity can be a liability. Deleting these media post can be a better option but how many people actually do it? More often than not, a potentially embarrassing post is deleted from the social media but people still tend to save them on their personal devices.
Take a look at the infographic below which shows the key results of a survey done for people about the way they expunge or hoard digital content. The findings also reveal the general public concern about their digital histories.
Infographic by: whoishostingthis