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Bound by the Surprise of Our Glory Days

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High school for some people, who weren't bullied the previous three years in middle school, was awesome -- the parties, the friends, new experiences. Getting a driver's license was something we craved for years and finally when we got it in our hands, we couldn't wait to experience freedom, however damn little it was. And dating was a whole new experience, we couldn't wait to find someone we thought we would spend the rest of our lives with, not realizing puppy love ends after maybe a week and that's due to raging hormones.

We also spent a majority of our high school days fighting battles with our friends over gossip, boys and clothes -- anything was par for the course, and we weren't above turning into manipulative nightmares to get the drama raised. But then high school came to end and it was supposed to end the drama as well, the fighting, back-biting, everything, but yet as adults, it seems to only have gotten worse.

Every day on the social networking horizon, there is a battle, whether it is over a misunderstanding or something bigger. Little things that really shouldn't matter end up getting blown up out of proportion and high school drama starts all over again, the demand and frustration escalates and then it becomes bigger than either person imagined.

We post everything to the social networks, our lives are open for discussion and when we vent our frustrations over a topic and get the wrong response, we tend to overreact until we either lash out and delete them or we take it out on someone else.

I once had a friend who questioned every time I made a comment on their sibling's page and when I told her to stop and she didn't, I had enough and deleted her. It seems that the high school drama carries on no matter how old we are and it's just tiring.

We're at an age where we should be talking about our great jobs, kids and husbands, not bitching when someone says something we don't like and reverting back to 16-year-old behavior, minus the tears and slamming of a bedroom door.

I think if we stopped broadcasting our lives, we wouldn't have to act this way and we wouldn't feel constantly scrutinized and react like Carrie at the prom. Then again we're always seeking some sort of validation and with the social networking, there comes a bit of that as well as a range of other emotions.

Do you think there is too much drama on the social networks or not enough?

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