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Why go? I’ve caught up with everyone on Facebook.

The release of “American Reunion” sparked our interest in the topic of reunions.  After a bit of research, we have found that they are still occurring at a high rate but the attendance is down 10% from previous years.  Could this be the Facebook effect?  Can one possibly find out everything they need to know about past classmates using social media?  Well, yes, but also no, the reason is that it is up to the discretion of the Facebook user to disclose what they want and when they want.  I like to say, “Everyone’s life is fabulous on Facebook”, and not many people are willing to disclose every bad moment in their lives.

In an article from USA Today, we found that although attendance of reunions is down people still enjoy the face-to-face contact they lack from social media sites.  Facebook has reduced the mundane conversations to more intimate conversations about life that generally would not be touched on 10 years ago.  The only thing Facebook has ruined for reunion goers is the element of surprise, especially for the High School outcasts who were anticipating their big revenge for all those years of torture.

The idea of attending your high school reunion conjures up all sorts of emotions for everyone.  Personally, it only reminded me that I was that much older and how quickly time has passed.  I recalled the days of Facebook back in 2004 when I had approximately 25 friends; all of which I saw on a regular basis on campus.  When I check back to my Facebook page I have now acquired 567 friends in less than 10 years; granted less than 25% of these friends are people I attended high school with.

One day on Facebook I received a notification informing me that a former classmate has added me to the 2001 High School Reunion group.  I understand the gesture of adding a friend to this group but I did not appreciate being thrown into a group of people I have purposefully kept out of my Facebook and personal life.  I immediately removed myself from said group and stuck to my “I will not attend my high school reunion” attitude; which was eventually cancelled due to a lack of interest and attendees.

For most of us the idea of attending your high school reunion remains pointless.  We create excuses such as; we simply don’t care to attend, too busy, too expensive, or hated High School and the people.  Most of all, Facebook has created a generation who is in constant contact with their past, present, and future.  With the click of a button we can literally find out where someone is, what they’re doing, who they are friends with, and even see what they had for dinner.  Facebook has stifled the need for reunions because we can find methods of reuniting on our own.  We no longer need the help of reunion companies or our alumni offices to get in touch with classmates because of course, everyone has a Facebook.

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