Do you remember MASH? No, not that one, though that is awesome.
I mean… THIS ONE. A roadmap to your future, from the paper fortune teller and coke can tab school of thought. I don’t know about you, but I did not enter into these types of things lightly. I am a naturally superstitious person (thank you, baseball!) and I was of the belief that looking into these things was like tempting fate.
I mean, maybe they didn’t have any power, but what if they DID, and I would have to marry Brian P. and have 6 kids. I WAS NOT READY FOR THAT TYPE OF COMMITMENT.
So I made fortune tellers, but I rarely used them. I let other people use them. I watched people play their MASH games, but I think I only ever took the plunge once.
I bring this up because, well, I feel like our modern day version of the elementary school lunch table is at it again. I speak, of course, of facebook; more specifically, I speak of facebook quizzes. For the last few weeks, my news feed has been letting me know things like:
- High-School-Acquaintance-X will be married on June 17 2010. (“Oh my GOD!” says High-School-Acquaintance-X, “that’s in less than a year!”)
- Girl-from-that-one-class-freshman-year will have 3 girls and 1 boys! She will name them Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.
- In a year, friend-of-a-friend-Y will live in… Argentina!
Well, you get the idea. On one level, I get why these types of things are appealing. They give you a very specific idea of your future, and allow you to react to that in some way (I would NEVER have 6 kids! I can’t go to Italy next year, I don’t speak a word of Italian!). Ruling stuff out, when you’re not really sure what you’re going to do with your life… that’s sort of comforting.