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Facebooking the One That Got Away

Fri, Apr 3, 2009

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A recent article in the NY Times magazine addressed the Faulknerian aspect of the “undead past” on Facebook, while asking what the 25 million Facebook users under 25 could possibly be doing on there: “What do they have to look back on?” Because one of the primary reasons to log onto Facebook (go on, admit it) is to look up your old high school crush — the one who got away. We don’t care if you’re happily married with three kids…you’re still curious. But if you’ve been on Facebook since you were 12, how could anyone ever “get away”? We’re a dying breed — the last generation who will experience the sublime joy of logging on to discover that the asshole who abandoned us in the middle of prom now sports bad hair plugs.

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One Response to “Facebooking the One That Got Away”

  1. Erin Says:

    I’m only 22, when I was a first year in college it had only been out for like 2 years and it was only College students. It was a way for students to communicate and keep in touch especially for those who had just graduated. Of course back then my mother, grandmother, uncle and aunts were not on it, you were truly safe to say what you wanted and it was the best way to stalk someone. It used to be fun to stalk people on facebook, not literally, but to look up your friends from high school. Then all these older people started to use it and diminished the meaning and entertainment of the site. What do my grandmother and mother have to on facebook, they don’t have friends. Life used to be safe, till I was forced by my mom to friend my grandmother.


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