Are Your Internet Habits Green? How Green Is The Internet?
We all would agree that our Internet screen time doubled or even tripled during the last year due to the coronavirus and the lockdown. However, many people discovered their talents like cooking and painting, while others, like me, just spent lockdown scrolling through social media.
The Internet is used for almost everything in the 21st century. Shopping for clothes, accessories, shoes, medicines, buying groceries, communicating, researching, working, education, finding places, watching movies, reading books, listening to songs, and whatnot. There is always an option for everything on the Internet.
We consider that we save the climate and the planet by doing these activities through the Internet, which isn’t entirely wrong. Excessive internet usage is what damages our environment.
The Internet isn’t eco-friendly or green like the summer, but there are preventive measures we can take to avoid further damage, save our planet and make it eco-friendly.
How much do we use the Internet?
59% of the world population uses the Internet. 91% of internet users are accessing it through their mobile phones. Though the Internet might seem very eco-friendly, for example, sending emails instead of real mails. It’s quick, and no transport or paper is used. You are indeed saving the climate a little bit. Of course sending normal post isn’t green either but one email sending process emits 4 grams of carbon, and millions of emails are sent every day. It sounds terrible, right?
Four million blog posts are posted on the Internet every day, while 400 YouTube videos are viewed every minute. We are living in an Internet-obsessed century which is dependent on the Internet. The world is a global village, which is a great help to humanity but harmful for the planet.
Damage through mobiles
You might probably be thinking about how you are damaging the climate by just sitting home and using your phone. We use our phones more than it’s necessary. The power that we use to charge our devices harms the environment.
An average mobile lasts up to 24 to 32 months. The batteries of 2% of phones are changed or repaired, which leaves 8 out of 10 phones disposed to waste. The waste produced is hazardous for the climate.
Unhealthy storage habits
We all have storage apps on our phones, sometimes we don’t even need half of the stuff, but it lies there for years. The best thing we can do is simply delete what we don’t need. Different companies such as Microsoft and Google establish huge storage plants, three football fields for storing data. These plants work 24 hours and 365 days a year, and the machines require a tremendous amount of electricity to run 24/7. The machines produce heat and a cooling system is necessary to bring the temperature down.
During the last decade, Climate change awareness is increasing. Nations are taking steps to make their countries eco-friendly. Likely, internet companies like Google and Microsoft are also planning to make their plants carbon-free. Easylinehost has already taken the steps to operate carbon neutral. Read more about our green web hosting.