According to the findings of one think tank, the amount of emissions our emissions produce is on par with Belgium. With it only to get worse, experts think we should start limiting the quality of streamed content.
Stop. Alright. Suppress that blue vein of loin’s poison, you, you’re killing the planet with your filthy curiosities. According to the dorks of the internet, the amount of CO2 emitted when we watch “adult education” movies is about the same as what a nation of 11 million people can pull off.
I know you don’t care. But look at this puppy, ok? His name is Axel. Axel is one year old, and he loves you.
If you use the context of the following article for anything other than analysing the content within, you will break his heart, and he will die of sadness.
Here it is. Our internet streaming dalliances generate 300 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, which equates to almost one per cent of global emissions. Of that one per cent, online smut generates a growing third.
French think tank The Shift Project came to this conclusion. Earlier this year, researchers estimated that digital technologies produce 4 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, which could grow to 8 per cent by 2025.
According to the report, online video accounted for 60 per cent of global data flows in 2018, which is roughly (one thousand billion billion bytes). However, we’re still very much in the infancy of the video age, as the increase of resolution, according to the report, will push emissions further up the scale. Clearly, with the introduction of virtual reality pornography (Axel) and how’s your stepfather (Axel) in greater resolution, the problem is set to get harder before it gets softer.
So, are we looking for a greener variety of smut? Yes.
The chaps of the think tank want us to clamp down on autoplaying and limit transmission of videos in HD. Chris Preist of the University of Bristol, UK, who studies the sustainability of technology wrote: “This once again demonstrates the need for the designers of digital services to think carefully about the overall impact of the services they provide,” Preist says. “For individuals, upgrading our devices less often, owning fewer devices, and not demanding mobile high-quality internet connection everywhere are probably the most important actions we can take.”
However, the titans of the adult industry are not particularly convinced. As one expert put it, “if it looks like shit, and it sounds like shit, it must be shit.”