See Your Folks is a grim little guilt-trippin’ website that will calculate for you just how many more times you see your parents before they die.
It isn’t immediately obvious that there’s any crying demand for this service, which essentially nags you to visit your folks. Isn’t that what your mother is for?
The people behind See Your Folks have a different theory. They say that their project, created in under 24 hours, came about because:
“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.”
The team used life expectancy data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Life Expectancy Data 2011 — the last full year for which longevity data is available.
So if you’re wondering about that top image, hey. I live in the United States, a first world country with third world life expectancies. If you do too, maybe you’d better be sitting down before you ask for your result.
The team says “We’re so busy growing up we sometimes forget that they are also growing old.”
No doubt. The situation can’t be helped by parents who start their families at later and later ages. And many of the truly old will have children in their forties and fifties who are in the peak earning years battling for a last-ditch effort to secure their own financial security.
So you know what? The highway goes in both directions. And pushing the guilt button doesn’t always get the reaction you want.
I’m not sure that I need See Your Folks to be the tour director for the next guilt trip.
Either way, you probably couldn’t resist putting in your numbers. So what do you think of See Your Folks?
[image via See Your Folks website]