Dead Facebook Users Will Outnumber The Living Ones By 2098

|
Image via Shutterstock

Image via Shutterstock

At the end of 2015, Facebook had 1.59 billion active monthly users. *Jaw drop*¬†ūüėĪ

That’s like, a ton of people.

Unfortunately, they’re all going to die at some point- myself included. Unless some sort of miracle happens. Because let’s face it, I drink way too much alcohol and eat way too much¬†cheese to live until I’m 107.

Anyway, Facebook currently has a policy¬†where they don’t¬†delete profiles of the deceased ‚ÄĒ even upon request from family¬†‚ÄĒ as the company pledges to respect the privacy of users, including¬†those who have passed away. Yet this policy could come back to haunt¬†the social network¬†many years from now, when the dead outnumber the living.

According to PhD researcher Hachem Saddiki from the University of Massachusetts, deceased Facebook users will overtake their alive counterparts this century Рby 2098, to be exact.

Saddiki’s research was backed by Fusion.net, which described Facebook as on the way to becoming a “digital graveyard.” Yikes. Then again, Facebook could be long gone too- like the digital graveyard that is MySpace.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
COLLEGECANDY Writer
Editor. Writer. Traveler. Shoe obsessed. While judging people on how they use "their" vs. "they're" on social media, she enjoys eating anything (literally anything) with Sriracha and binge-watching HGTV.