At the moment, I have 112,775 emails in the inbox of my work account, 91,488 of which are unread. There are 20,241 messages in the inbox of my personal email account — 6,316 of which are unread. My iPhone has 2,498 photos and 178 videos on it, with 48 never-listened-to voicemails. There's a folder on my desktop called "Jezebel Pix," and it holds 3,514 jpegs. These are separate from my personal image folders, and my music (9,519 mp3 files). Going through my phone the other day, looking for someone's number, I saw the contact information for a friend who died in 2006. Am I doing something wrong?
If acknowledging that you have a problem is key to arriving at a solution, then I admit it: I am a digital hoarder.
I mean, when someone says, "Do you have that email where the guy wrote that the only remaining piece of Americana in the NEW WORLD ORDER is Spuds McKenzie?" I am the one who can say, "Yes, I'll forward it to you." I still have work jpegs from 2008 (LOLVogue!). I use email drafts to save links, documents and pictures in the cloud, and as far as the inbox goes, I only open the emails I absolutely need to open. When I'm looking at my inbox, I just scan the newest ones, above the last one I opened — most of the time, I don't need to open it to know what's inside — so I usually don't miss important stuff. (Usually.)