Social Networking: A Brief History 3

high school friends


I grew up in social media.
I grew up ON social media?
What’s the way to say this?


High School:

In the beginning of high school, no one had cell phones (yet). We lived with the drama of 3-way phone calls, and soon moved to “Instant Messaging” friends after school. “IM me” became a frequently used phrase. Slowly dial-up times began to improve, and we started using AOL tins for craft projects instead of using the software, because new services showed up and took over.

I didn’t play a lot of video games or do much programming in high school, instead I was doing a lot with music and my schedule was full with after school activities like dance squad, student government, and a lot of leadership positions that certify me as the nerdiest person you will ever meet. Ask me about them sometime and you’ll get an earful. However, there were a few sampling programs I found interesting and I used to record song loops and layer them over each other to make weird mash-ups. This was more of a hobby than anything, and the learning curve was a bit too steep for me.

The one thing I did in high school that solidified my relationship to computers, technology, and social media was that I took an advanced course in Typing…  on a Word Processing Machine! (I also used a software program at home called Mavis Beacon which is now celebrating its 25th Anniversary!) The reason I enrolled in the elective was partially because my brother made fun of me for typing with two fingers when I was on our home computer. In defiance, I would pretend that I could type just as fast as him by making a lot of noise, clacking the keys of the keyboard, but secretly I wanted to “beat” him and prove myself. This course turned out to be the best thing I could have forced myself to do as a teenager.

Competition is a concept that has driven me throughout my life, and I give credit partially to growing up with video games in a house full of six kids!

By the end of high school, most people had cell phones and the computers in the classrooms were outdated and broken most of the time. Printers, word processing, taking tests online, and causing drama with strongly worded emails… had all come to pass.

What kinds of things were YOU doing in High School?
Are you more of a nerd than you’d care to admit?



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