Selfies are, literally, rising from the dead.
Maybe it's part of the modern grieving process.
You know, attend your aunt's funeral, pay respects, and take a selfie.
Not only is a late family member or friend happy you stopped by, but they will be delighted to adorn your Facebook wall for all your friends to see how close the two of you, apparently, remain.
Or maybe it is the ultimate act of selfie-ness -- where taking a picture of oneself transcends our most sacred rites. And we should be kind of ashamed to try to hog the spotlight from the dead.
Doesn't dying qualify as the ultimate MY DAY?
The Twitterverse is positively dancing with the clicks and the dead -- hundreds of thousands of images are tagged #funeral. And a host of them are unabashed selfies, with the deceased consigned to background fodder.
There's also a dedicated hashtag -- #funeralselfie. And, unnaturally, a tumblr, for necroselfiacs.
Surely, we've seen plenty of selfies taken at places and on occasions, many would consider sensitive.
Just look at what Jake Fletcher did earlier this year at the site of the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen:
And here's Jacob Ware going full gangster (okay, maybe just half gangster) at Anne Frank's old house. Yup, the very same place where a terrified girl hid from Nazi persecution -- until she was caught and disappeared at a concentration camp.
Anne Frank House car window selfie with @DungeonsofRap! pic.twitter.com/O1DlsAjLMU— Jake Ware (@JacobWare95) June 6, 2013
Now, look at Goosey the Great taking it to another level at, what is by her own admission, her dad's funeral.
Erica St. James appears to have been waiting an eternity for this funeral.
Do some people just really dig graves?
Or is something not right about this picture?
To you, dear reader, we leave final judgment. Or, at least, second to final judgment.
You'd think this would be a no-brainer, but, apparently, quite a few Facebook users have no problem adding strangers as friends. According to a study <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/11/one-in-five-willing-to-make-facebook-friends-with-complete-strangers/" target="_hplink">released late last year</a>, about one in five users were willing to add a complete stranger as a friend on Facebook. If you'd really like to interact with people you don't actually know without exposing your personal information, consider adding <a href="https://www.facebook.com/about/subscribe" target="_hplink">Facebook's "Subscribe" button</a> to your Timeline; that way, you can let others view your public updates without having to add them as Facebook friends.
2. People Who Like To Friend Everyone
Probably not the best idea to friend those who you know like to add everyone they can as a friend on Facebook, including strangers. That can leave your personal information open for creeps to see, especially if your <a href="https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy" target="_hplink">privacy settings</a> allow friends of friends to view certain info.
3. Your Loved One's Exes
Just plain awkward...Unless, of course, your current boyfriend or girlfriend is still really good friends with his or her ex and you have the will power to resist Facebook stalking them. But beware! Friending your loved one's ex may expose comments, pictures and more you'd rather not let them see.
4. Your Boss
Sure, everyone makes mistakes. But if you happen to post one of those "mistakes" on Facebook when you're friends with your boss, you may end up getting fired. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/26/fired-over-facebook-posts_n_659170.html#s115707&title=Swiss_Woman_Caught" target="_hplink">These 13 people</a>, for example, were fired for mistakes they made on Facebook, which included everything from writing the wrong thing to posting offensive pictures. In this case, it's probably better to be safe than sorry.
5. People Who Like To Advertise Everything
It's bad enough seeing PR-type posts from people and companies that we don't even follow <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/new-facebook-ads_n_1311154.html" target="_hplink">on our News Feeds</a>, so why exacerbate that problem by following those who like to advertise everything? Whether they're an actual public relations rep, a budding musician who posts way too many videos or one of those people whose statuses look like "I ate Trix for breakfast this morning, lol" we we suggest staying away from these types. Unless of course you like that kind of thing.
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