Facebook Sparks 'Retrosexual' Romance

Finding long-lost love just got a whole easier—and more high-tech
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2009 1:57 PM CDT
Long-lost loves are finding each other on Facebook.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – When it comes to reconnecting with a long-lost love, high school reunions are so 20th century. Many instead are turning to Facebook to track down a former flame, Time reports. “Facebook makes it easier for you to take that first step of finding someone again," says a Columbia psychology research scientist. “It has finally provided a way for people to reach out to someone without fear of rejection.” And it’s also spawned a term for recycled love: Retrosexuals.

Now that the social networking site is skewing older, Facebook has found new life as a dating service. One Chicago woman found the first boy she ever kissed—and married him. “I don’t know why I looked him up” 22 years after meeting at summer camp, she says. But after dating again, they found love. “And to think, I worried that we’d spend the whole evening talking about summer camp,” she jokes.
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