My sister, who will be a freshman this fall, just told me that she picked her roommate on Facebook. At first, I was skeptical. I went into freshman year “potluck” and learned a lot from my roommate. We were from different backgrounds and different parts of the country, but we still got along and appreciated each other.
On the other hand, my sister already knows her roommate’s favorite activities (tennis, just like my sister), how serious she is about her academics (concerned, but not too stressed out about them), and how often she likes to go out (she likes to party, but not too hard). I guess this is just another way that online networking is changing the college socialization process. Freshmen have friends before they step on campus!