What Can You Learn From Your Future Self?

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The new novel, "The Future of Us," takes place in 1996, just as the Internet was taking off and when Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was only a 12-year-old kid. The books asks this question: What can you learn from your future self?

When Josh and Emma, the teenage protagonists, get online in 1996, they find their Facebook pages from the present — when they're 31! Emma's postings suggest to her that her marriage is not what she would have hoped and Josh is married to, well... let's just say, he's surprised, too.

Co-authors Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler told Here and Now's Monica Brady-Myerov that imagining this situation led them to question what they post about themselves on Facebook.

"We were seeing Facebook from our characters' eyes, from 1996 eyes, and that's when Carolyn and I both went, Yeah, it is kind of weird how much we share and it made us more aware as we were writing our Facebook statuses," Asher said.


  • Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher, co-authors of "The Future of Us"

This segment aired on December 26, 2011.


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