Skip to comments.Facebook killed my high school reunion
Posted on 05/17/2014 5:18:03 PM PDT by windcliff
Facebook killed my high school reunion .
In a way, the high school reunion is as unashamedly American as apple pie and Chevrolet. Go on ask your parents if they had one. Id wager that the majority of them would say that they did, and in fact, they probably retain quite a few memories. Someone was shockingly large; someone was stunningly beautiful; someone had completely fallen off of the wagon. The high school reunions primary allure was the possibility nay, the probability of a few shockers, coupled with the underlying desire to show up and impress the folks who ragged on you with devilish persistence back in the day. Seeing anyone, let alone someone you once spent a great deal of time with, after a decade of absence is sure to be an interesting occasion.
Unfortunately for this generation, such a spectacle is nearly impossible to still find.
For as wonderful as Facebook is at keeping us connected to souls wed otherwise lose contact with, it also removes the allure of catching up. For friends who refresh the site as frequently as the majority of users, its fairly easy to keep track of highlights from all of your friends lives. Facebook has made it impossible to see a connected friend 10 years later and feel as if any time has passed. Some would argue thats a boon, but it single-handedly destroyed my high school reunion.
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Now you need not wait 10, 25, and 50 years to indulge in narcissism; you can be narcissistic 24/7, thanks Facebook!
I just realized next year will be our 50th High School anniversary.
Several years ago they had a multi-year reunion. Someone asked me why I didn’t attend. The answer was that I did not even know about it.
If I recall correctly, there were 927 students in my high-school graduating class.
I can count on the fingers of one hand the ones I would have any interest at all in ever seeing again.
"3:22 am. In the bathroom dry heaving after partying!"
Funny, Facebook enabled mine.
And a couple more personal reunions as well.
True, and I would need several hands and feet to count who I wouldn’t want to see again.
My 30th would be this year. Don’t know if they’re having one or not but I’m not interested.
That's half the reason I dumped my Facebook account. I had a hundred Facebook "friends" that I went to high school with and then I realized I wasn't even friends with them in high school.
I would need a centipede or two.
People asked me why I didn’t attend my HS reunions. My answer was “Why would I want to go see a bunch of people I couldn’t wait to get away from to begin with?”
A bunch of my high school classmates (1980) wanted to friend me. Answer: Friend all the girls, don’t friend the guys.
I would like to see a few of my old friends. Our graduating class was 160 I think.
A few years ago, I ran into an old classmate at the county fair. I had just moved back to the area and she caught me up on a few. She had married one of the better athletes and he was retired as one of the coaches.
We ended up talking about our grandchildren. I will say she had kept her looks about as well as anyone.
That is the fault of the folks this author went to school with. Facebook didn’t do anything. I kept in touch with my friends from high school afterwards. We still have reunions so we can get together and tell lies to each other, laugh, comment on how lucky we all are to still be living, remember those who are gone, and just reconnect with a real live human being.
If this author’s group is so shallow that a page on a computer is all they need to feel like they are connected I feel sorry for them.
Poor guy, sniff, sniff...
I only live about 30 miles from where I live now and still get out there 4 or 5 times per year. Most of my high school friends are still around.
First world problems.
Bingo, it can't hurt.
I feel sorry for you. There are several dozen of us who went to school together from kindergarten through high school, more yet who joined us in junior high, and still others in high school.
We are still close and enjoy each others company. The love and respect we have for each other is a wonderful thing.
My high school graduating class was 850 (in a high school of 3000 students). Just so you don’t get the idea that somehow we were a one roomer on the prairie . It was in a major metropolitan area.
Oh wait...never mind...
It is. We lost one of ours last week, very suddenly, and we all feel the loss of someone special
FB was instrumental in organizing ours. And updates are nice but actually SEEING your friends is far superior.
If they unfriend you, so what?
Video killed the radio star.
Or you find out that girl you lusted after in high school turned out to be a lesbian.
Facebook. Another reason to stay from the evil.
Yahoogroups enabled mine 15 years ago, and that was a feat because it was the DOD school in Yokohama (now Kinnick High in Yokosuka), and so unlike most high school classes, we were literally scattered around the world, without any contact with each other until the internet brought us together. But FB keeps us in perpetual connection, which provides an incentive to scheduling a reunion so we can f2f those whose lives we have been more connected to because of FB.
That actually happened with me.
>> “Facebook is a place you can catch up with old high school companions, learn that some of them have become liberals and spend your time infuriating them on every liberal commentary by shredding every statement they make.” <<
I do that, but with my “gimmie sumthin fer nuttin” relatives.
400 or so in mine of the class of 89. Out of that, I sort of keep in touch with a handful via facebook.
I’ve never been to a reunion and have no real desire to go to one. From what I heard, people just go back to their original circles, get loud and very drunk.
Well, since I lusted after so many, it was bound to happen — but yeah.
I had 699.
What happened in high school can stay in high school. If there if someone I want to contact I will find them.
Maybe you are the causative element? /lame humor
There were two girls in my class who were world class beauties. In fact they may have been even prettier than most world class babes.
One of them did about what I would have expected. She became an airline stewardess, then became head of the whole stewardess part of the airline, married a very wealthy and decent fellow. She is now a widow.
The other one just seems to have fallen off the face of the earth.
That's exactly how I feel, too. My class was only 180 students. Probably 90% of them were in elementary school with me as well. We keep up on facebook, but it surely doesn't take away from actually getting together.
"Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes, it was beauty killed the beast"
I wouldn’t attend anyway.
Highschool for me was not dramatic, traumatic, or in any way unpleasant..... It just WAS.
I live in the present, with necessary forays into the future. Highschool is in my (distant) past. There is no reason for me to live even a tiny piece of it again.
I’m going to a high school reunion this summer and it will probably be ruined because just about everyone will probably have their faces in their smartphones...checking Facebook.
I can’t remember if it was my 20th or 25th reunion that was coming up, but I recall getting a questionnaire in the mail asking various questions. One of the questions was, “Who did you most want to do the horizontal bop with?”. I found it amazing that many of the people I went to school with still hadn’t grown up. I pitched it in the trash and never looked back.
After you had your hands amputated?
I feel the same way. No interest in seeing those I last saw in 1959.
My step daughter said that to me last week. I unplugged the wireless router and then said to her, “First world problems.”
Three places I have always wanted to avoid: prison, a nursing home, and high school. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.