When I think of the evolution of social media, I can’t help but get nostalgic. I remember the rush I’d get from loading in my AOL CD-ROM and waiting for that CHIME of an instant message, hoping it was my crush from Math class. I couldn’t wait until I had a college e-mail address, so I could finally have the rite of passage that is a Facebook account.
Thanks to movies and TV shows, we can romanticize these social media moments as much as we want. As we look back, we even gain insight on how the ever-changing technology affects our love lives today. Here’s proof, courtesy of Hollywood.
1. The Dial-Up Sound From You’ve Got Mail
“I turn on my computer, I go online, and my breath catches my chest until I hear three little words, ‘you’ve got mail.’”
Ah, remember those days? Sadly that phrase now seems archaic, as only our parents are still holding onto their AOL accounts. You’ve Got Mail was one of the first films to show the Internet as the backdrop of a love story. This movie asks the telltale question, “is it infidelity if you’re involved with someone on e-mail?” Not sure, let’s ask my ex. It also has some great advice like, “the best way to meet someone is to never meet at all.” Enter Tinder.
2. Myspace in He’s Just Not That Into You
So a little background, Drew Barrymore gushes to her friends that the guy she likes just asked her out. Her friends asks how he did it, and when she admits he, “Myspaced her.” They unanimously respond with, “Ohs” and “ouches.” and one friend tells her, “my trampy little sister says Myspace is the new booty call.” While this Myspace reference feels a little dated, it still holds true. Simply replace Myspace with Facebook and it’s pretty much the same thing. As Drew puts it, “Times have changed. If I want to make myself more attractive to the opposite sex, I don’t go and get a haircut. I update my profile. That’s just the way it is.”
It also doesn’t hurt to post a selfie on Instagram after you get a new haircut….
3. Email 101 on Sex & The City
I love this episode. Carrie gets an e-mail account so she can contact Aidan, which her friends agree is the best way to get him back (aside from the fake nipples Samantha insists on). After Carrie (a.k.a. “shoegal”) sends an e-mail to Aidan that says, “I miss you,” and he doesn’t respond, Carrie asks a question I find myself asking a lot: “Are all these improvements in communication really helping us communicate?” Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, there is no mystery in dating anymore. He’s not returning your phone calls but you can see that he’s online. That moment where Carrie asks Miranda, “Oh my god, he’s online. Can he see me?” is why g-chat gives me anxiety.