One of the benefits of Snapchat is that your content disappears so that nothing can be used in your digital eulogy. On the other hand, your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts are going to be around forever. And that's how most people will remember you.
Artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is giving people a chance to visit their own digital funeral at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to review the type of social media posts people would see after they pass away.
According to BuzzFeed's senior writer Doree Shafrir who experienced her own ceremony:
“All of my tweets started scrolling on a screen in front of me as though to say, you know, here are some words of Doree's to remember her by – tweeting about wearing a dress to a wedding with pockets or Justin Bieber. And I thought, oh, my God, if I did die – God forbid – right now this is what people would see.”
She also notes that Facebook is the only service right now where you assign someone to manage your page after you die.
Your legacy is wrapped up in Tweets like your life's bumper sticker. So be wary of what you say. Conversely, you can leave no trails behind and just use Snapchat or go off the grid altogether like Cal Newport.
The Conversation explores the patterns in musician mortality within specific genres. Below are some of the takeaways.
Blues, jazz, gospel, and country musicians live “on average, similar lifespans as those from the US population with the same year of birth and gender.”
Pop, rock, metal, electronic, hip-hop, and rap artists die younger with “lower life expectancies compared with the US population.”
But because the newer genres — hip-hop, rap, electronic, rock — haven't existed as long as the older styles, we have to go deeper into the data and look at how these musicians die.
Accidental death by car accident or drug overdose is highest among males, specifically in the rock and metal genres
Gospel musicians have the lowest rate of suicide while metal musicians have the highest
More than 50% of hip hop and rap artists die from murder
Those dying from cancer or heart-related conditions tend to be folk and jazz musicians
The study suspects that style of music predicts human lifespan, with “mortality rates were between two and three times higher for popular musicians than matched population data.” However, the study also cautions that punk, metal, rock, electronic, hip-hop and rap musicians “appear unlikely to live long enough to acquire the illnesses of middle and old age.”
Only time will tell if the initial results from the newer genres remain valid.
“I don’t think of dead as dead, that’s the thing, and therefore it doesn’t trouble me. It’s an absence, if you like. It’s not the end.” She notes how “I never mention how people die, because I don’t think that’s important at all. I think an obituary is a celebration of a life.”
Death as an “absence,” not an end. Now that's a positive spin!