A fishy “fact” has been swimming around the internet for a few months, and recently reared its head on social media yet again:
“The emissions generated by watching 30 minutes of Netflix is the same as driving almost 4 miles,” according to the website Big Think.
Although computers and internet technology do use electricity — which is often powered by fossil fuels — streaming your favorite show on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, or Amazon is not nearly as carbon demanding as driving a gas-powered car.
1. Streaming TV isn’t the problem
Some web activities connect to big data centers and run billions of Google searches each day or perform complex analyses — like the explosion in personal algorithms and big data that choose products to show you on websites — which require lots of computing and energy. Read more…