Digital deletion is a strange thing. And a new thing.
My Nanna passed away recently as I’ve said. She was a tech savvy Nanna, which rocks. She was all about the text messaging, emailing, scanning photos and using technology to stay in contact and learn new things. I’ve loved this part of our relationship. Given that she lived interstate from me my whole life, it was nice to have internet contact with her over the last few years.
The new thing that is weird was helping my mum digitally delete her.
We deactivated her email, closed her internet account, shut down her Skype account, etc.
Now I have her contact details in my phone etc., and it feels weird to delete them. I know it’s illogical to feel weird about deleting her from my phone because it’s not her. It doesn’t reflect at all on my relationship with her, or how I feel about her, but it’s still odd.
Pressing the delete button is an extra step in my head.
Digital deletion is a new issue that plagues me.
What does this mean for Facebook or Twitter? I’m still Facebook friends with someone who died in 2008. I can’t delete him. I know it means nothing, but it’s weird. There is a psychological aspect of digital deletion that no one is taught to deal with.
I’ve also been thinking this last week that if anything happened to me I’d exist digitally forever. No one knows my passwords, so I’d cease to update, but still exist. That weirds me out.
I also don’t want to cease to exist digitally, but I’d want everyone to know that I’m not around anymore. I want to leave my passwords to someone. Is this something we need to include in our wills now? I think I’d like to.
I still haven’t deleted my Nanna from my contacts, but I feel that I ought to at some point. I just don’t know when.