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Here’s a creepy thought:

Facebook has over one billion users, and yet, more than 10,000 of them die everyday. So if we crunch the numbers, how long do you think it will take before accounts belonging to the dead outnumber those of the living?

You can go ahead and cringe now, because it’s coming sooner than you think.

Believe it or not, 30 million Facebook users died in the first eight years of its existence. In fact, 428 of them die every hour, so they’re practically dropping like flies. And every day, these dormant accounts receive friend requests, get tagged in photos, and sometimes, they’re even wished a happy birthday.

So when is Facebook going to turn into a digital graveyard? Apparently, the year 2065, assuming the site’s popularity takes a hit by then.

But does this all mean your social media accounts are just going to float on the interwebs for eternity after you die, receiving accidental friend requests and pointless notifications?!

Not quite. Different social media websites require various forms of identification or proof of death to delete a profile, but Facebook also allows people to turn a lost loved one’s profile into a memorial page. Twitter will take your account down if you remain inactive for six months. Pinterest, on the other hand, will not deactivate your account, allowing it to zombify and wander, forever in search of brains — erm, users.

But before you break out the shotguns, check out the infographic below.

Digital Demise: What Happens to Your Online Presence When You Die?

Created by WebpageFX

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