Why a Yearbook is a Better Time Capsule than Social Media

I already have social media timelines. Why even bother with a yearbook?

Good question. Truth is, there are so many reasons to make a yearbook, it’s a no-brainer.

Here is the definitive list of reasons you should start making a yearbook right now:

Uber-Concentrated Nostalgia

If you want to look back through a social media timeline to your school days, you first have to scroll past endless selfies, status updates, and videos of cats pushing expensive vases off of coffee tables. Twenty years from now, all that scrolling could literally take you hours, and there won’t be enough ice in the world to numb the pain in your finger afterwards.

If you have a yearbook, looking back on your schooldays is as simple as opening the beautifully designed front cover.

Not Everything Happens Online

Even the most selfie-obsessed of us don’t record everything that happens. Besides, you don’t (or at least, you shouldn’t!) have your phone on at school.

Social media is about as impersonal as it gets; unlike a conversation you’d have in person, all you need to do to interact with people is like a post or upload a photo. We post about ourselves so often, it’s become routine, and the ever-present like button prevents people from being real and saying what they mean out of fear of missing out on likes.

With a yearbook, everyone gets a chance to write something personal to them about their time at school and what their friendships meant to them, without any expectation of getting people to hit the like button. There isn’t a like button. You get to read what they really think.

The Definitive List of Who’s Who

Your friends list is not a safe place to stash away old acquaintances, school friends, and frenemies.

You can’t predict what will happen in the future. People may unfriend you (unlikely, seeing how amazing you are), or social media as we know it may be completely different a few years from now.

Stand the Test of Time

Yearbooks will last forever, long after SnapChat is dead. Remember Friendster? Bebo? MySpace?

No. Of course you don’t. No one does, but these were the first attempts at mainstream social media. It’s only been about 15 years, but these sites don’t really exist any more. The point is, any of the sites and apps we use so often today could become the Friendster of tomorrow and disappear without a trace.

Valuable Life Skills

If you head your yearbook committee or otherwise have a key role, it makes a great conversation piece in job interviews.

If you’ve been involved in a yearbook project, you’re able to demonstrate excellent teamwork skills, a willingness to cooperate, and the ability to plan and manage complex projects, which are key skills that a lot of employers are looking for. Write all this down – you’ll be needing it later for your CV.

Definitive Proof

Prove that you went to school with that famous person – or, when you become famous, your classmates will be proud to show everyone they know that you sat at the back of their RE lessons.

It’s also nice to look back on old friendships – or even relationships – when those memories lose their sheen over the next couple of decades. It may seem a long way away, but by 2030, you’ll be glad to have it, if only to prove to yourself that that thing really did happen.

Money

It’s easy to use yearbooks to turn a profit, which you can then reinvest into crafting an unforgettable prom night, or into any other school projects you have running. You might be surprised how far this money can stretch.

Last Hurrah

It’s a great opportunity to get creative with your friends. With Yearbook Hub, you can create anything that you want, which means that the possibilities are endless.

It’s a super fun and a great excuse to hang out with your classmates one last time. We help you every step of the way, and there’s tonnes of great Yearbook ideas on this blog to help you get started.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a free Yearbook Hub account today and get started.

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