What High School Cliches Are Like on Facebook
By Hallie Cantor
(image of Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club) The cliche: The school sweetheart Who they are now: A nice young mom. How they act on Facebook: They post a link to a nostalgia-bait listicle on a high school friends' wall and tag six other friends, who all Like it. (Emilio E. in The Breakfast Club) The cliche: The jock Who they are now: Player of ten minutes of backyard football once a year, after Thanksgiving dinner and before falling asleep in front of the TV. How they act on Facebook: They inscrutably live-blog every single athletic event that happens anywhere. Their comments make no sense to anyone who isn't watching the game, and half the people who are. (Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club) The cliche: The brain Who they are now: A grad student How they act on Facebook: From time to time they link to an article about their field of study that no one will read, with captions like "interesting." (Someone has to remind people who's the smartest guy around or they MIGHT FORGET!!!!) (Ally Sheedy) The cliche: The crazy girl Who they are now: A crazy WOMAN, thank you very much. How they act on Facebook: Extremely frequent status updates about their personal lives, occasionally peppered with song lyrics. (Judd Nelson) The cliche: The jerk Who they are now: Either unemployed or a millionaire. How they act on Facebook: They post confusing, incendiary political cartoons and no one is totally sure if they're trolling or just sincerely trying to share their insane opinions.