Also, I went to an all-girls high school.
I can't believe I just told you that.
The point is, I recently came across a HONY post with an image of a teenage girl in a private school uniform and the caption read: "I go to an all girls school, so there always seems to be a lot of drama."
"Drama about what?"
"These days it always seems to originate from something that somebody tweeted or posted."
I felt an automatic reaction; first as a former private high-school-drama-girl, then as a person of this world where things like Tweets (how long has that word even been officially in the dictionary?!) have profound effects on society.
My high school life was filled with nonsensical drama and Twitter didn't exist. The Internet barely existed. I spent one period a day from the ages of 13-15 doing a Mavis Beacon typing program. It was the end of the 20th century and the school was still preparing girls to be secretaries.
And where did the drama spawn from, then? Well, estrogen, and lots of it. That's the source, no social media was needed.
High school is an awkward time, being a teenager is a horrible time, and being a girl sucks sometimes. Putting it all together in an all-female setting (with one or two quirky male music teachers to boot) is an atom bomb just waiting to go off. Usually it's the meek who are victims, along with the most-intelligent ones. The really smart one makes friends with the most popular one, and she is saved until the day after graduation.
I hear stories about friends with kids entering the school system, even the high school system. It's safe to say that Girl World has reached an all-time low. Remember how yearbook pictures (that's ONCE a year) could make or break you? You had to look perfect for them. Now, it's a competition for the girl with the best profile picture. That gives girls hundreds of more chances to mess up, and hundreds more photos to look flawless for. Where's the time for math in that equation? There should be a legal age for social media. High school, especially all-girls (or any same-sex) high school is bad enough. No need to make it worse.
Song of the day? My favourite song from the Mean Girls soundtrack.