Monday, May 24, 2010
Confessions of a Hoarder
I did not fully realize how my obsession had progressed until a computer issue required me to back up my emails and I found that I had in excess of 4,000 emails cluttering the landscape of my Outlook Express (yes, I use that troublesome program that so many love to hate). I suppose I could delete some of them, well, a lot of them, but that would require going through them and I just don't have the desire or time to do that. My Inbox is like a file drawer of communications, information, and contact records. I have grown accustomed to the way I keep these electronic records and I cannot get myself to a place to let them go....
So now you know... I keep emails. I keep copies of the emails I send (don't have a count on them) and the emails I receive (4,000 plus -- not counting the advertising emails which I gladly delete). They say that the younger generation is moving away from email to Facebook and the like but every day I get 30-100 personal emails from people regarding a myriad of topics, themes, and occasions. And I keep them. It is not like I do not have the space -- they take up barely any space and I have at least 100 Gig or so left for storing these things (and others).
Every now and then something happens to cause me to look up something from my ancient section of my Inbox and then I am vindicated for keeping all of this. The last time I did any real serious housecleaning of my emails was, well, 2005 or so. So pray for me... my obsession with electronic media has taken a socially unacceptable form and I know it but, well, I am a hoarder -- what can I say? I believe I am the only one with this obsession from my family -- so maybe the gene did not pass on.... so it is just me... or maybe some of you share this dysfunction as well?