Reunions Trivialized by Social Networking

In the sort-of-near future, I’m expecting to have it all: money, love, and some offspring.

But while I’m in the midst of living the American dream, there will be something else to look forward to: my high school reunion.

This rite of passage to old people-hood is sometimes met with mixed reactions. For some people, the reunion marks the perfect time to debut the new set of twins or a shiny engagement ring. For others, it’s the moment to show off the 10 pounds one has lost (or gained) since those awkward, rebellious high school years. Whether it’s the transformation of the geek turned babe or the class clown who has managed to stay young at heart, high school reunions give most people a second chance at the fountain of youth.

In more recent times, however, the rise of social media has diminished the purpose of having high school reunions. With networking sites like Facebook, news is constantly circulating on the internet—users are always updating their profile with pictures of their new haircut or ranting about the traffic on the freeway. Regardless of what the update may be, information travels at high speeds nowadays, wiping out the ‘new’ in ‘news’.

If a reunion suggests catching up with long-lost friends and satisfying the curiosity of how an old crush turned out, then perhaps the event is pointless. After all, Facebook has become similar to a high school yearbook complete with candid shots, and favorite quotes. As more and more generations jump on the Zuckerberg train, finding an old classmate, teacher, or friend has never been easier. These days, a first name and location can get one very far in this tech-savvy era.

The never-ending argument on whether technology has separated us or brought our society closer together goes on. In this case, Facebook has made it more convenient to satisfy the wonder of what happened to some former classmate with the simple click of a button—no handshakes, hugs, or eye contact necessary. Each approved friend request begins to resemble some sort of mini reunion.

Real high school reunions, on the other hand, moderately force people to awkwardly socialize and pretend to be interested in engaging in small talk. But as old friends slowly bring up the crazy end-of-the-year house party or the winning shot from a rival basketball game, the once quiet, tacky ballroom begins to resemble a cafeteria buzzing with conversations of years past, with the inclusion of more adult topics like politics and real estate.

Because most of us are constantly reconnecting with former classmates through the internet, the ever-anticipated high school reunion may soon prove to be quite unnecessary.

There is no doubt that some of us, though, (hopefully) will take the risk and RSVP to the reunion, and spend the night before applying Rogaine and carefully ironing out the wrinkles on a new outfit for the big day…or a new profile picture.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

Opinion Editor: Vicente Patino

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