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    Sob-mobs: how much social media grieving is too much?

    I would like to make a confession.

    This year the strangely high number of deaths of well-loved famous people has meant that our social media timelines have often been full of people expressing their remorse, and telling stories about how they once met the deceased, and they were wonderful. It's like a new public grieving ritual. And sometimes I just feel like I don't get it.

    Personally I can't understand how people feel such personal emotion about someone they didn't really know. And I also don't understand why, even if they do feel that way, they need to say so publicly.

    If I'm really honest, I think some people join in the sob-mobs on Facebook and Twitter because it becomes a Thing To Do. And if I'm really, really honest, I think in some cases it becomes a sort of showing off, especially when people go on about themselves more than the person.

    I honestly don't know if I'm alone in this, or if other people feel the same, but don't like to say. Or maybe I'm just a bad person, I dunno.

    Leeds Lucy

    Reader Comments (3)

    I agree.

    April 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGardengoddess42

    Its true. Before Robin Williams died, his films were routinely mocked. Now folk go on like Mrs Doubtfire is Citizen Kane and put up inspirational quote memes by him up. I still think its sad he died, but don't tell me his films are good suddenly.

    May 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

    Yes, you see people sharing memories of a grandparent once in a blue moon, but everyone comes out to weep and wail over a celebrity and how they changed their life. Meanwhile, they don't call the rest of their elderly relatives.

    May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlexander

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