I am, for the most part, pretty good at identifying what century I’m in. I’m even pretty good at getting the year right, provided I’m not writing a check any time between January through May. But sometimes there are just a few too many Seinfeld reruns on TBS and I want to make sure I know exactly when I am. Thanks to people like Lena Dunham, I never have to worry about that again. It’s the 21st century, baby, and important personal developments now get transmitted through late-night Tumblr visits.
A little context. Lena recently did an interview with Grantland in which she explained that she loves a Tumblr site called Old Loves that posts photos of celebrity couples who are now broken up, and who you might not have even realized dated. Lena says the site is her “passion,” and “It’s how I kick back on a Friday night is to see what Old Loves has done.” I’m the homebodiest homebody to ever homebody, but that declaration makes even me sad.
Never mind that, however. The important part of this story is that Lena came across a photo on Old Loves depicting her current boyfriend, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, with his former girlfriend Scarlett Johansson. That’s right. Jack Antonoff dated Scarlett Johansson when they both attended the Professional Children’s School in New York City. Lena insists she’s “not jealous.”
“She’s beautiful, he’s beautiful, but it was just so surreal to be looking through this blog that gives me so much pleasure and then there’s my boyfriend. And I was like, ‘My mind is going to explode.’ I really did think I was hallucinating. It would be like seeing my parents.”
Well, it’s official. We are in the 21st century. Even Facebook stalking is now obsolete. The hottest place to find out about your significant other’s past relationships is by perusing Tumblr on a Friday night. Granted, Lena and Jack and Scarlett are celebrities, so that’s part of it. But how long until there’s an Old Loves for normal people? How long before we stop telling each other about our lives completely and just learn everything through form emails? “Dear Sue, you are receiving this email because you signed up for our Find Out What’s Happening In Your Boyfriend’s Life newsletter. This is a notification that your boyfriend just went to the bathroom in the same apartment as you. Thank you.”