If a picture is worth a thousand words, then our smartphones are equipped to turn us into novelists within minutes. The average American currently has 582 photos saved on their cell phone, plus 13 unused phone apps, 83 bookmarked websites, 21 desktop icons and 210 gigabytes of cloud storage. Digital hoarding is a sneaky problem—it’s like physical hoarding, but because most of it takes place in the virtual ether, it’s difficult to quantify until we start receiving cloud storage upgrade alerts or we’re told we’re running out of space on our phones while we’re trying to take a photograph. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 42 Anna Wiener Anna Wiener was on the path to Silicon Valley success. Then she pivoted. Allyssia Alleyne charts the making of a tech-skeptic. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Influencers Anonymous Instagram content creators answer a short survey about the influencer industry. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Rage Against the Machine A conversation about the influence of invisible algorithms. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Computed Emotion On the rise of chatbot therapy. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Brewster Kahle The tech idealist archiving the internet. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Captcha This Prove you're not a robot.