Monday, September 14, 2009


He hasn't changed at all since you two first kissed in elementary school.

Well, with the exception of his gnarly facial hair. And creepy emo glasses. And life-consuming obsession with Mafia Wars.

Either way, he's still (kinda) hot and you want a piece of that. Who cares if you last talked to him two decades ago?

Welcome to the mind of the retrosexual.

The term, coined by the Boston Phoenix and explained in this Time Magazine piece, refers to people who use social networking sites to reignite relationships with former crushes. An excerpt:

Most retrosexual experiences seem to spring from an intense, almost uncontrollable mixture of nostalgia and interest. "You get a thrill out of finding an old girlfriend just to see if she still likes you," says W. Keith Campbell, a University of Georgia psychology professor and co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic. "You're curious to see what she looks like, and it's easy to fantasize about alternative courses your life might have taken."

I have no major objections to the rise of retrosexuals, aside from the fact that the mindset can inflate your perception of somebody who might not necessarily be your best match.

You get so caught up in the excitement of reconnecting that concepts like fate and destiny reenter your mind.

Maybe the stars really are aligning. Or maybe you're just two people who know how to use a computer.

I once found a decades-old elementary school crush online. My heart fluttered.

Until I read his hobbies, which included watching people get hurt.

Just a word of caution, folks.