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What's your monthly data usage

0-127 GB 1 6.25%
 
128-255 GB 2 12.50%
 
256-383 GB 1 6.25%
 
384-511 GB 3 18.75%
 
512-767 GB 2 12.50%
 
768-1023 GB 0 0%
 
1024-1535 GB 4 25.00%
 
1536-2047 GB 3 18.75%
 
2048-4095 GB 0 0%
 
4096 GB or higher (pls explain!) 0 0%
 
Total:16

I buy and play mostly Indie/Retro/Old/Nintendo games, which all tend to be below 10GB or even below 1GB in size. As such, those don't do much for my data consumption. Video streaming does much, much more to get my monthly consumption to around 450GB (which is what the monthly bill states), and that is going up right now for educational purposes, so next couple months will probably be more like 700GB.

Last edited by Bofferbrauer2 - on 18 October 2021

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JackHandy said:

Not much, personally. The whole house of people? Something like 550GB last month. Not much either.

On a side note though, I actually read that physical media is better for the environment than digital.

Go figure lol

Well cable / ota tv and renting physical media is definitely better for the environment. Most of data consumption and storage is video streaming.

For games it comes down to how many times a physical game gets used (re-installs, sharing, reselling) vs how many times that game would get downloaded. If one physical game disk prevents more than 128 GB worth of downloaded data, it is better for the environment in the long run.

I wonder what the carbon footprint of you tube is, ah about 10Mt CO2e (Million Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent)

Netflix has announced that in 2020, one hour of streaming on its platform used about a hundred grams of carbon dioxide equivalent (100gCO2e) That is equivalent to driving an average car to about 1.2 kms. Or, in other words, it’s enough to power a 75W ceiling fan for about six hours in Europe

Scientists at the UK's Royal Society have previously suggested that streaming a video in standard definition (SD) can cut your carbon emissions to about eight times as compared to watching it in 4K resolution. 

And of course 'watching' music videos, do you really need the video part. A first easy step would be browsers realizing when a video doesn't have the focus and then not streaming the video, just the audio. Reduce the time until Netflix asks if you're still awake, smarter sleep timers. Dunno why tvs don't have a simple motion sensor as a sleep timer option. Many people fall asleep with the tv on, which not only costs extra energy but also keeps on streaming whatever was on.



For full consumption id need to check the ISP bill, but just for my PC its 900GB for the last month.



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103GB so far this month. Unlikely to download any other games either, so will probably end up around 120-130GB.

My internet speed gets massively reduced if I'm over 10GB in a 3 day period so I try not to download too much. Doesn't affect browsing the internet much, but it can make watching Netflix pretty annoying once the data limit is reached.



Ka-pi96 said:

103GB so far this month. Unlikely to download any other games either, so will probably end up around 120-130GB.

My internet speed gets massively reduced if I'm over 10GB in a 3 day period so I try not to download too much. Doesn't affect browsing the internet much, but it can make watching Netflix pretty annoying once the data limit is reached.

200-300GB



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SvennoJ said:
JackHandy said:

Not much, personally. The whole house of people? Something like 550GB last month. Not much either.

On a side note though, I actually read that physical media is better for the environment than digital.

Go figure lol

Well cable / ota tv and renting physical media is definitely better for the environment. Most of data consumption and storage is video streaming.

For games it comes down to how many times a physical game gets used (re-installs, sharing, reselling) vs how many times that game would get downloaded. If one physical game disk prevents more than 128 GB worth of downloaded data, it is better for the environment in the long run.

I wonder what the carbon footprint of you tube is, ah about 10Mt CO2e (Million Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent)

Netflix has announced that in 2020, one hour of streaming on its platform used about a hundred grams of carbon dioxide equivalent (100gCO2e) That is equivalent to driving an average car to about 1.2 kms. Or, in other words, it’s enough to power a 75W ceiling fan for about six hours in Europe

Scientists at the UK's Royal Society have previously suggested that streaming a video in standard definition (SD) can cut your carbon emissions to about eight times as compared to watching it in 4K resolution. 

And of course 'watching' music videos, do you really need the video part. A first easy step would be browsers realizing when a video doesn't have the focus and then not streaming the video, just the audio. Reduce the time until Netflix asks if you're still awake, smarter sleep timers. Dunno why tvs don't have a simple motion sensor as a sleep timer option. Many people fall asleep with the tv on, which not only costs extra energy but also keeps on streaming whatever was on.

In my house growing up, the TV stayed on damn-near twenty-four hours. It was basically background noise when it wasn't being used, and usually was left on even when we all left the house. I don't know how common that is, but I would wager a lot of people probably did similar things. 



1,112 GB last month according to my router. The connection is also used by my wife and son.

I never cared too much about my data consumption though.



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JackHandy said:
SvennoJ said:

Well cable / ota tv and renting physical media is definitely better for the environment. Most of data consumption and storage is video streaming.

For games it comes down to how many times a physical game gets used (re-installs, sharing, reselling) vs how many times that game would get downloaded. If one physical game disk prevents more than 128 GB worth of downloaded data, it is better for the environment in the long run.

I wonder what the carbon footprint of you tube is, ah about 10Mt CO2e (Million Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent)

Netflix has announced that in 2020, one hour of streaming on its platform used about a hundred grams of carbon dioxide equivalent (100gCO2e) That is equivalent to driving an average car to about 1.2 kms. Or, in other words, it’s enough to power a 75W ceiling fan for about six hours in Europe

Scientists at the UK's Royal Society have previously suggested that streaming a video in standard definition (SD) can cut your carbon emissions to about eight times as compared to watching it in 4K resolution. 

And of course 'watching' music videos, do you really need the video part. A first easy step would be browsers realizing when a video doesn't have the focus and then not streaming the video, just the audio. Reduce the time until Netflix asks if you're still awake, smarter sleep timers. Dunno why tvs don't have a simple motion sensor as a sleep timer option. Many people fall asleep with the tv on, which not only costs extra energy but also keeps on streaming whatever was on.

In my house growing up, the TV stayed on damn-near twenty-four hours. It was basically background noise when it wasn't being used, and usually was left on even when we all left the house. I don't know how common that is, but I would wager a lot of people probably did similar things. 

Still do, guilty of leaving the tv on for the dog... It is mostly background noise during the day while busy on laptop or phone. And now my kids do the same except worse, letting you tube stream on their tv while playing on Switch, streaming Spotify while playing on ps4 plus broadcasting plus party chat.

At least tvs are more energy efficient nowadays and have you tube etc built in (no 200 watt console running to stream videos) but usage has gone up a lot. It makes more sense to have the radio on for background noise, it still exists! And we do have that on now and then instead of the tv for background noise. Problem with radio is that the commercials are louder than the music, annoying. (My cable tv provider takes the cake though with their video on demand, it's 'free' as in unskippable commercials that play at 3x the volume as the program. You can't doze off with that on, every 7 minutes you go deaf)



I have no idea. Limited data isn't a thing here for home internet, so I have never bothered to look up any numbers.
Tbh, I don't even remember what ISP I use, so I can't look it up atm, even if they allowed customers to see that info.



2.1TB down and 300GB up in 50 up-days (can't seem to find monthly data), so it's estimated 1.3-ish TB per month. 3 heavy 4K streaming users, 1 game pass user + lots of video calls and working from home.