Hello Facebook, goodbye yearbook: At a time when teens are logging onto web-based social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace in droves, more and more are declining to pick up a copy of that tried-and-true memory keeper, the high school and college yearbook, the Toledo Blade reports. Ohio’s Whitmer High School once sold as many as 1,300 copies; now it’s down to 900. Maumee High School has dropped from more than 700 in the past to 483 this year. At colleges like Bowling Green State University, it’s even tougher. Annual sales there have plummeted from a peak of 3,600 copies in 1986 to between 200 and 400 per year now. As a result, next year the school plans to give up the traditional hardbound format and replace it with a slimmer magazine published twice a year. That decision makes BGSU the fifth college this year to give up its traditional yearbook, according to Lori Brooks, chairman of the yearbook committee for College Media Advisors, a national organization for collegiate media professionals. School officials blame struggles with the economy and student apathy, but some issues contributing to the decline of yearbooks are unique to modern times. Thanks to digital cameras and the internet, students can take their own photos of their circle of friends, then share and comment on them online…

Click here for the full story

About the Author:

eSchool News