Surfing the web isn’t just bad for your brain—it’s terrible for the environment

“Surfing the Web” is bad for your brain, and the planet

Although digital usage and accessibility will continue to rise exponentially, there remains little awareness of the hidden carbon emissions that are produced by our daily scrolling and its damaging impact on our planet.

From the device you use to the cabling infrastructure to cellular towers and data centers, all of these contribute to the energy and electricity that’s required to run the Internet. According to the BBC, carbon emissions generated by the Internet, devices, and systems that support it account for 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than all aviation emissions (2.5%).



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