Posted by: kenwbudd | September 15, 2009

Retro-Sexual Behavour on Facebook

As Facebook users have begun to skew older ”the website is now as popular with 30-, 40- and 50-somethings as with the college students who pioneered it”

They have found ways to reconnect with one another and who better to get in touch with than an old flame?

“Facebook makes it easier for you to take that first step of finding someone again,” explains Rainer Romero-Canyas, a psychology research scientist at Columbia University. “It has finally provided a way for people to reach out to someone without fear of rejection.” The Boston Phoenix even coined a term, retrosexuals, for people who are taking the plunge into recycled love.

“It was like opening a time capsule,” says Drew Peterson, a 34-year-old former IT worker from Long Island, New York. Peterson’s retro-sexual experience occurred a few years ago when he found his high school girlfriend on MySpace”

“You know, before it became the cyberghetto of the Internet.” The two dated during junior and senior year of high school; the last time the two saw each other was on the day they graduated. Sixteen years later, they exchanged MySpace messages, and then Peterson flew from New York to San Francisco to see what had become of the woman who had once captured his teenage heart.

“I knew it wasn’t going to turn out like some Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy,” Peterson says. “I just wanted to see her again.” The pair still got along, although this time just as friends.

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