I can personally relate to Levinson’s section on “Meeting Online Friends in the Real World” (Levinson, 128). Coming into my freshman year, I was very nervous about the housing situation and who my roommate would be. When I received my housing form in the summer, I saw that there was a roommate request section. Once I joined the Fordham network on Facebook, I was invited to join the Fordham Class of 2012 group. In the group, there were multiple discussions including surveys for prospective roommates. I was one of the many to fill out the survey and post it in hopes to find someone compatible. Just a few days later, a girl from the group requested me and we started messaging back and forth. A few weeks later, we decided to become roommates and requested one another on the housing form. I was still nervous to meet her face to face for the first time. But we talked a lot via Facebook about our interests and it was easier to start and maintain conversations. We instantly clicked. Unfortunately, she transferred but we are still the best of friends and visit each other often. Facebook helps with this too because it is our main source for keeping in touch.
Although I’d like to think of my roommate situation as a success story, others weren’t so lucky. ABC News posted an article on “Weeding Out Roommates on Facebook.” The article explains how parents, along with students, use the media site to review the pages of already assigned roommates. An increasing number of parents have filed petitions to reassign their children to other roommates. The parents are displeased with the prospective roommate’s Facebook page and the pictures posted of them drinking, smoking, and doing other illegal activity. Many schools are actually advising students to refrain from judging other students by their social networking images. It is understandable that parents be concerned for their children. However, I feel that parents need to let their children deal with it themselves. Housing is just a part of the college experience. It tests compatibility, respect, and tolerance. It is hard for me to really argue this because I have been fortunate enough to receive two great roommates and have never had a serious issue with them. But I do believe that people should not be judged by their Facebook image. There is a lot more to a person than just their Facebook page.