As humans journeyed through time we became obsessed with leaving our mark on the world. Cavemen wrote stories on cave walls, Indians left their stories on Cliff sides and even Egyptians left their hieroglyphs inside pyramid walls. From the dawn of time, we have passed our stories along to our children. No matter what we do as humans, we have this overwhelming need to be remembered in some way or another.
We relish in our discoveries of new lands, species and technologies. Some enjoy scaling the highest mountains while others dive to the deepest depths of our oceans. After every new accomplishment, we name it. These things never have some meaningless name. We want everyone to know who was the first. So, we usually brand it with our name. The Darwin Theory of Natural Selection could have just been named The Theory of Natural Selection, but what legacy would that have left behind for Darwin? We go onto name rivers, mountains, lakes, countries, cities, etc. Leave our mark on trees, highways, and streets. All, in a massive effort, to not be forgotten.
With Facebook, you can turn your page into a story that you want to leave behind; every year, reminding you of your memories and your accomplishments. You can look back and see how much you and your life has changed from the previous years. But, the big question is, “What happens to it all when you die?”. Does it just stay online and idle as the years past? Maybe, after a certain amount of time, Facebook will just delete your profile, pictures and feelings. That’s what a lot of people assume will happen, but that’s not how it works.
A few years back, in 2015, Facebook made it to where you can leave your legacy. As Facebook says, “When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.”
Some may hate the thought of dying, but everyone wants to be remembered. Some families will find it a great comfort to have access to all those cherished memories of a late loved one, while other families may see it as a constant reminder of their loss.
How to Setup Your Legacy
- On the web, click the drop-down arrow at the top right of your Facebook home page. Select settings, then choose “Security” and scroll down to “Legacy Contact.”
- From here you can manage the level of permission you want to set, and have the option to send a message to your chosen person.
- In the end, humanity and our technology are always ever changing to adapt to each other. The only constant is that humans die and we all want to be remembered.