Teens opting for Facebook over prom

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 7 months ago)

The famed high school prom is seemingly becoming a thing of the past, if a recent Business Insider report is to run by. Teens are choosing to miss their dances because they find the communication they need with each other through Facebook. The rise of technology (new apps, social networks and so on) seems to be causing a decline in the number of students who attend school-organized events, including the much-lauded prom. 

"Technology definitely allows the kids to find easier and faster ways to interact with each other," says Lisa Kor, assistant principal at John Jay High School in Westchester County, New York. She admitted that the trend had long been allowed to rise, having started with the advent of things like AOL Messenger so many years ago. The difference between now and then is that the kids of the AOL Messenger-generation usually only had a dial-up connection to rely on, or just one computer to share with the rest of the family. Nowadays, kids get their own laptops, smartphones, or tablets to play on - and a speedy connection to match. With Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and so much more, the possibilities for continous, unhindered communication and socialization are endless. 

"Maybe [these kids] don't nfeel like going to a school dance is a necessary way to socialize," added Kay, who said that other school administrators within the same county were facing the same issues as her. "But it's disappointing to watch the tradition fade."

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