Oklahomans Want To Delete Their Social Media Upon Death
How many times have you looked through your social media history or memories and cringed a little on the inside? It's OK, that's a tell-tale sign that you're growing as a person, and it happens to most of us. In fact, the vast majority would prefer their entire social media disappear the moment they die.
In the weirdest study of statistics I've come across in a while, a poll was conducted by a company called Redact that will erase old social media posts for you. With a little over three thousand people responding nationwide, it painted a very clear picture that most regular everyday people now fear the digital wrath of impotent rage that we all know now as "cancel culture."
Based on the respondents from Oklahoma, 67% of Okies would find it ideal if their social media were wiped clean and deleted when they die.
For reference, only 27% of those in Wyoming feel the same way. They were the lowest and most confident state in America, showing that they're quite comfortable with the things they share with the world.
All the same, most states fell right in that 65-75% range. We're totally normal.
In the same small study, it showed that one in ten Americans actually worry that there is a definite possibility that could be a post they've shared in the past could now be considered offensive. Seeing as some of the older Facebook accounts are nearly eighteen years old, that's understandable.
As you grow, your opinions change. It's a natural thing. The older Millennials used to love the idea of socialism coming out of college two decades ago, but in finding success through hard work, the current system doesn't seem so bad anymore. We all grow to change our minds on one thing or another throughout our life, that's just the average human experience.
Case and point, almost half of all people responding to this study suggest that their past social media posts don't represent their current beliefs and thoughts today. The majority describes old posts as "very" or "substantially" different from the opinions they have now.
Knowing how people dig through social media these days looking for a reason to get upset, people who understand the risks will usually set their profiles to private at some point or another, especially when applying for a new job.
The internet is the greatest communications tool the world has ever seen. It's a place where any topic and any view within reason should be discussed with understanding and respect... but we both know that's not how the internet works.
Where do you fall in the study? Would you want your social media deleted upon your death?
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