For my vlog project, I’ve been studying how Facebook is changing American culture around death, so I thought I would do a blog post on it since it has been on my mind so much.
I haven’t experienced very much death on Facebook. A classmate from high school died during my freshman year of college and for a few days my Facebook feed was filled with posts that fellow classmates had left on his page in memorial. I didn’t know him that well— I actually thought he was kind of a jerk, so it didn’t affect me too much aside from the residual creepiness of seeing a dead person on a social media platform for the living.
That being said, I know this won’t be my last brush with death on Facebook. According to the BBC, 30 million users with Facebook profiles died between 2004 and 2012, and some estimates claim that an average of 8,000 users die every day.