The next environmental threat: video streaming

Internet browsing, social media, and communication (IM, email, video calls, etc.) used to be the rulers of electronically-fueled data consumption, but a new champion has emerged: video streaming. In 2015, our desire for Netflix binges and falling down YouTube rabbit holes accounted for 70% of the world’s internet traffic. By 2020, video streaming will be responsible for 82% of the global community’s internet use, meaning that watching all 10 seasons of Friends and laughing at gamers’ commentary-laced shenanigans will be responsible for consuming statistically significant amounts of global electricity. – Amanda Johnson,