Sunday, March 20, 2005

Facebook Famous

A good friend of mine from high school, Jeff, remarked once that high school graduation was "the end of popularity as we know it." I think in many ways he's right. Popularity doesn't really exist in college. Some people may be "cooler" than others, but no one (especially on a campus as big as Maryland's) is really more popular than others. But I think that, in some ways, popularity is making a come back through The Facebook. This website allows students at universities across the country to connect with each other through an online yearbook. You gain friends, join clubs, etc., etc. It's a great procrastination tool, but some people take it waaaayy too seriously. For example, there are some people with more than a thousand friends. It's really ridiculous. No one has that many friends. Why else would you claim to have that many friends except that you want to become popular? That's in addition to the fact that you can "reject" people as friends and also make groups/clubs you form exclusive, with the ability to choose who gets in and who doesn't. In effect, The Facebook pushes college students back to high school.