Digital Hoarding

By: Dr Carla Kesrouani April 12, 2023 no comments

Digital Hoarding


Digital hoarding is a growing concern in today’s digital age. With the abundance of digital devices, storage space, and online platforms, many people accumulate digital clutter and find it difficult to let go of digital possessions.

Causes of Hoarding

Digital hoarding can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Fear of losing important information or memories
  • Difficulty in organizing and prioritizing digital possessions
  • Emotional attachment to digital possessions, such as photos or emails
  • Compulsive behavior related to collecting or acquiring digital possessions

Symptoms of Digital Hoarding

Symptoms of digital hoarding can include:

Difficulty in deleting or organizing digital possessions
Accumulation of digital clutter, such as old emails or documents
Anxiety or distress related to letting go of digital possessions
Difficulty in finding important information due to clutter
Reduced productivity or work efficiency due to digital clutter

Psychological Effects

Digital hoarding can have serious psychological effects on mental health and well-being. Some of the common effects include:

  • Anxiety and stress related to clutter
  • Depression and low self-esteem related to compulsive behavior
  • Impaired cognitive function related to clutter
  • Reduced work productivity and efficiency
  • Social isolation and withdrawal related to hoarding behavior


Treatment for hoarding may include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to address compulsive behavior and develop organizational strategies
  • Digital decluttering and organizational techniques, such as the KonMari method
  • Developing a digital organization system to prioritize and categorize digital possessions
  • Seeking support from friends, family, or support groups
  • Consulting with a mental health professional for treatment options and guidance


Digital hoarding is a growing concern in today’s digital age and can be caused by fear of losing important information, difficulty in organizing, emotional attachment, and compulsive behavior. It is important to recognize its impact on mental health and well-being and take steps to manage it.

Book your appointment with Dr Carla if you suspect you have or know someone who has these symptoms.



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