POSSIBLE TECH URBAN MYTH ALERT!
But still, so scary and full of sensationalist goodness, we just have to tell you. So get this — the Facebook app lets you sync the contact info on friends’ profiles with your address book, right? Awesome! Except…
FACEBOOK KNOWS YOUR ONE-NIGHT STANDS.
That’s what the subject line of the e-mail Valleywag received said. (We get some weird e-mails here at Sex and the 405, but that one’s just OMINOUS.) Anyway, yes, imagine Facebook identified and told you everyone who gave you their number — and vice versa?
Don’t panic (yet)! Read Valleywag’s Maureen O’Connor explain the sitch:
You know how when you meet someone at a bar or alcohol-soaked party, sometimes you put him in your phone without a last name? And you already have a Jonathan, so this guy will be “Jonathan Pencil Factory,” because that’s the bar where you met him. And it was a moonlit night with too many margaritas, and your fingers were busy with activities far more urgent than tapping a new entry into your contact list, so when you finally had a second to type him in, it ended up more like “jonthann pencil factry blueyes.” (Sometimes you need a defining feature, too.) Sometimes these besotted acquaintances turn into true love. Sometimes they become friends. But most are nothing more than a single night of your life—and a quiet chuckle every time you scroll past their names in your phone book, months later.
Until you sync your iPhone with your Facebook. And then you will be forced to look your every unwise sexual decision in the eye, again, in full color and with full names!
An update from Valleywag reveals they did not experience any syncing when they tried it out. We thought about giving it a shot, but we’re too busy having hot one-night stands without names, much less numbers to verify this story. Send our editrix an e-mail about it, though. She’s bringing self-denial and cloistered pining back, and has ample time for this kind of thing.
Information from an unnamed tipster, via Valleywag.