Facebook Immortality Desired as an Online Afterlife
The Harris Poll survey also found that 69 percent of young Americans believe online banking and financial accounts are their most important digital assets to protect.Social media users are divided on just how to handle their online afterlife. Thirty percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 30 dislike Facebook’s recently-announced legacy contact policies. Another 38 percent like them, according to a Harris Poll survey of 2,009 adults, ages 18 to 30. A slight majority (51 percent) of respondents would choose to have their account deleted by an appointed legacy contact, while 31 percent would allow their contact to memorialize their accounts. Another 29 percent want their photos, posts and profile information downloaded and archived. "Human beings naturally want to leave expressions of themselves for those who follow," Charley Moore, founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer, the company that sponsored the survey, told eWEEK. "Even though Millennials are still at the beginning of their lives and not planning for their own mortality yet, they are creating, perhaps, the richest set of archives of everyday life more than ever before with their social media posts. When the topic of legacy does arise, it often may be the millennial starting the conversation with their parents and grandparents about what the elder generation wants to do with their online information."
The survey also found that 69 percent of respondents believe online banking and financial accounts are the most important digital assets to protect, while 33 percent believe email accounts are most important, followed by e-commerce accounts (15 percent), social media accounts (13 percent) and digital videos (6 percent).