The trope is real. It's a real and terrible thing that real and terrible people used to do. Thankfully, that form of social waterboarding went out of style a long time ago.
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Phew! We dodged a bullet there, guys! All right, we're done. Article over.
Ha! No, it didn't. Humans are assholes who want you to know everything about them, even if it means having to exploit the fact that most people don't have the Larry David-sized balls to escape painful social situations. The camera people bring with them on vacation and the projector they will later torment you with are now one in the same: the smartphone.
If you run into a person within a couple of weeks after their vacation (and if they're a pushy dick who cares naught for how little you care about their vacation) they will make that moment you chat at a party, bump into each other at a grocery store, or see each other at the mall into the dreaded vacation slideshow trope. Now any place can be the living room of the worst, most show-offy family on the block. With each swipe across the screen they show off yet another picture of a time when, no matter what you were doing at that exact moment the picture was snapped, they were having more fun and making more lasting memories than you were.
"Somewhere on here I have proof that I'm better than you."