Time Hopping & Nostalgia

By Luis H. Garay

Recently I downloaded the Timehop app. There seemed to be a recent increase interest for the app as I saw screen shots across my timelines on social media sites from the app. It seemed like a simple enough idea: an app would let you know what you were up to in your past on the current day pulling from your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. So, to the app store I went and downloaded the app.

There is something to be said about nostalgia. I can’t tell if it’s a millennial quality but there is a strong interest for the past. I mean, sometimes I look at Buzzfeed quizzes and list item articles about things from my teenager years and there they are again on my computer screen. Who knew my love for the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” series would spring up in my adulthood years?

The thing with nostalgia with this app you see the good and the not so good. I’ve only had the app for a little over a week but I’ve already found myself scratching my head, with my head turned slightly to the side, and asking, “Wow, why did I post that?” I like seeing the great and fun moments but I’m also ready to see once again those statuses with cryptic song lyrics or Facebook vent statuses that seem to permeate my late high school and early college years (albeit minimal statuses but still the occasional one).

It’s been interesting seeing the moment I realized I loved being an orientation leader over my job in telemarketing and sales, realizing I had taken a double-decker bus tour of Chicago over 12 times in three years as an orientation leader, and remember fun orientation leader inside jokes. It’s also been nice to remember when my family brought our first puppy home (a personal dream of mine ten years in the making), how much I apparently loved my Blackberry (still one of the better phones I had and less problematic and slow then my iPhone), and fun times with friends from my high school and college (there was also one summer where apparently the “cool” thing to do was name photo albums with song lyrics).

I’m keeping the app for now. It requires little of me and is a daily reminder to who I was in the past. It sometimes provides me with honest thinking about how much I have grown and changed. Sometimes six years ago seems lifetimes ago but in reality it wasn’t as long ago as I think.

What brings you nostalgia? Anyone else have the Timehop app? What’s been your favorite memory you have seen on there?

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