Should You Care About Browser Tabs?
The variety of content on the internet makes it hard for most of us to focus on just one thing at a time. We open tab after tab so that we can come back to interesting articles or an Amazon shopping cart without “losing our spot” or forgetting about what we wanted altogether. Tabs are helpful. But we should use them with care.
Computers are finite. They only have a certain amount of memory and processing power. Each time you open a new tab you are asking your computer to store more information in its finite memory bank and to use more of its processing power.
The result of having too many tabs open is simple and obvious — your computer gets hot and slow. Heavy tab users may find that their computer is overheating, their fan noise is increasing, and their machines responsiveness slowing to a crawl. If this is the case with you, try closing any tabs that you are not actively using. Use an app like Pocket to save those cat videos for another day.