Following the announcement of Facebook's new post-mortem control feature, the Science Gallery Dublin imagined gravestones of the future as indicators of our digital lives.
Social media has made it easy to quantify our lives. The amount of Facebook friends, Instagram likes and Twitter followers we have is recorded and displayed, a shadowy reminder of how popular we are (or perceived to be). Social media has become another way by which we can define ourselves, and our worth.
The gravestones of the future may never include the amount of Tinder matches you accrued over your lifespan, but the exhibit does make an interesting point. Digital histories are, at least in part, a reflection of ourselves, our thoughts and our interests. Wouldn't it be nice if those were preserved in some way for future generations?
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