I have two Facebook friends who are dead.
Every time I think about it, I stop and pause. It’s just so strange to me that there are dead people who still have an online presence. And then I go about my day.
But I have to wonder, I mean, what will happen to those profiles? Will they eventually die? Does that mean those people died twice?
With so much technology and online presence, it’s almost like we have two lives.
Most genuine people, who are acting honestly online, still have an online persona.
We portray ourselves in certain ways online because of a variety of characteristics, perhaps our writing skills are better than some; perhaps we are really good photographers; perhaps we are super savvy and know all the latest technology; or perhaps we enjoy the lack of intimacy, allowing us to simply be, without the eye contact and body language that gets in the way of our words (that’s me).
So, do we have two lives now? Will Facebook and Twitter (and Google+) take over once we are dead? Maybe it sounds crazy. But even 10 years ago, hell, five years ago, I couldn’t even imagine asking this kind of question.
I remember when I didn’t have an email account. Now, I have four.
So where does it end? What happens to these accounts after we’re dead?
Will they eventually lead to a portal in the afterlife? Are my dead Facebook friends checking in to see if anyone has left them a message or still writing on their walls?
This might sound crazy, but for months after both of these people died, people still wrote on their walls, talked to them. Missed them.
I realize that using commonly held beliefs, it’s easy to say that these people were simply mourning their losses and using Facebook as a way to empty their grief. Sure.
But I still have to wonder.
Computers are a bizarre invention. I was recently looking at some code on the back end of my website and mostly it looks like gobbledygook to me. I am not a programmer by any stretch of the imagination. But I can edit a bit here and there.
Looking at this stuff, I was fascinated and truly amazed when I really thought about what I was doing.
“I’m changing a picture with words and symbols,” I thought. “It’s truly brilliant.” We manipulate everything online with words. Words. Letters of the alphabet. Every single thing online, on the web, everything we look at and play with and watch is there because someone used language. It’s fucking trippy.
So, sure, Facebook is probably not the portal to heaven. But it’s something. That’s for sure.
P.S. I am not drunk. 🙂