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Binge Watching Concerns – our favorite pastime isn’t great for the planet

Binge watching is how most of us watch TV these days. It’s the best way! But it has one big drawback. You guessed it, it causes a ton of emissions but not from the people watching directly. The data centers that the shows are housed in.

Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube generate emissions from the massive amounts of energy that they use. The end user (us) does better on energy us with our laptops and new TVs vs the giant sets of yore and watching practices of yesteryear, but the companies giving us that sweet, sweet content or creating massive energy drains.

There’s no simple answer as to what to do. One thing is turning off the play automatically feature. That will lessen the effects of course that would also likely lead to less profits for certain outlets. Just something to keep in mind next time the next must see show drops.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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