Funeral 'selfies'? Yes, people actually do that
No moment in life is either too serious or too trivial to pass without someone providing a rapid, vapid response through social media.
"Love my hair today. Hate why I'm dressed up #funeral," reads the caption of a self-portrait snapped by a young woman dressed in black. Another photo of a blonde pouting in her pink bedroom with a "Keep Calm and Rock On" sign is titled, simply, "depressing funeral selfie."
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Yes, that is depressing; we don't even know how to be depressed anymore. There is tedium in every social medium to the point where even death becomes boring.
A collection of strangely un-sad Instagrams, Tweets, and Facebook posts have been gathered together at a Tumblr blog (naturally) called "Selfies at Funerals."
"Killin the selfie game at pop's funeral," tweets a joyful young man mocking a piece of statuary. Pop's gotta be proud. So proud he may rise up from the dead and slap you. (I hope so!)
Harsh? Katy Waldman at Slate.com says I should calm down a little.
"Is it somehow more tasteful, even nobler, to keep grief private? If that's the case, the problem with Internet mourning far predates the Internet: People have been putting their sadness on display—wearing black, holding ceremonies—since the ancient Greeks first hired mourners to tear out their hair at funerals. Social media may make it easier to launch a stream of frown-y faces into the ether, but Mark Zuckerberg didn't invent the impulse to reach out when you're hurting."
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True, if you're hurting or if you're sad. But if you're just amazed at how much you're rockin' the outfit while Cousin Jamie is laid out in a coffin, well, that's not grief; it's a symptom of our collective cultural death wish, a bad case of Kardashianitis.
Believe me, I'm as guilty as anyone. I've posted selfies looking my absolute worst all done up in foil under a hair dryer at the salon. I tweeted a photo of all the functions available on a public toilet in Japan (though, technically, you don't see me in the photo, but you get the picture, if you know what I mean). I, like so many others, need to step away from the "send" and "share" buttons. But even I wouldn't snap a self-portrait inside a funeral home with Grandma visible in her open casket behind me. Someone else did that.
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An article from New Zealand teaches us there are five places where you should not take selfies, including holocaust memorials, especially when you're smiling and giving a thumbs up.
One other suggestion: don't take a selfie dressed up as a robber before you go out and (allegedly) commit robbery, like these two teenage girls did.
Where's Darwin when you need him?
So what's next? What annoyingly self-absorbed Everest is left to climb? "Colonoscopy selfies," joked @jakejakeny.
—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells