Right now, there’s a new single-purpose site that may just ruin your day. It’s called See Your Folks, and it’s a brutal way to get across a point about life’s fleeting nature.
The application uses only four simple questions to calculate one of the saddest numbers you’ll see for quite some time.
By asking where your parents live, how many times you see them on average per year, and their ages, See Your Folks calculate the approximate number of times you’ll see them before they die (based on data from the World Health Organization on life expectancy).
Of course, with a few more questions about overall health and family history the tool could probably be a little more accurate. But do we really want it to be that accurate?
Why? Why would someone create this single-purpose site? Besides the obvious reason of making you feel like an absolutely terrible son/daughter and/or making you cry big manly/tender womanly tears, the site’s creators say that it’s all about awareness:
“We believe that increasing awareness of death can help us to make the most of our lives. The right kind of reminders can help us to focus on what matters, and perhaps make us better people,” they say.
But it’s just so damned sad.