Evo­lu­tion of griev­ing on­line

Gal­laga

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS -

fully my feel­ings and mem­o­ries. Be­fore that, I was clearly us­ing so­cial me­dia to dis­tract and dis­con­nect from what was really go­ing on, at least pub­licly.

We all grieve in dif­fer­ent ways, but grief it­self is a great com­mon­al­ity. In­creas­ingly, many of us find our­selves mourn­ing on­line, reach­ing out to oth­ers for sup­port in tough times us­ing the tools most read­ily avail­able. But no­body has told us what the best way to share bad news on so­cial me­dia might be. Should there be a mourn­ing pe­riod in which we avoid the web’s siren call com­pletely?

In the past few months, I’ve watched friends strug­gle with fam­ily deaths with the help of far-flung on­line friends who’ve of­fered ad­vice and sup­port. I’ve also seen peo­ple an­nounce deaths on Twit­ter or Face­book, of­ten set­ting up me­mo­rial pages on­line as well.

One per­son, a jour­nal­ist

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