There are certain people, events, and experiences we will never forget, no matter how hard we try. I remember a child from my kindergarten class who died of a brain aneurism. I remember this time I accidently put my shoes on the wrong feet and someone in my freshman math class pointed it out to me and the entire class.
We remember things that shape us and make us unique. I have tried to and successfully pushed out of my mind ex-boyfriends with whom I have less than fond memories, embarrassing moments, and terrible movies.
However, sometimes these unwelcome ghosts find their way back into life. Recently an ex-boyfriend attempted to “reconnect” with me via a popular social networking site, most unwanted obviously. It can make one feel rather helpless in regards to protecting one’s privacy.
This makes me beg the question, again, what are we giving up when we utilize modern technology? We used to be able to change our number and be done with worn out relationships. Now we have to change our number, set up privacy settings, and encrypt our vanity URLs so that only people close to us can decipher our user names. Even then, our systems can be breeched and we are left vulnerable. But maybe this viral availability and communication will allow us to move on faster. Because we will always exist in a network or online community, we will be forced to face those unpleasant mistakes we wish we could forget.
In any case, for every bad apple we eat on a social networking site, it is made up for with good people who genuinely care about the botched bowl of salsa you just threw out or that you got 100% right on the “how well you know eighties movies quiz”.