I still remember my first school dance.
It was called the "8th Grade Social" and I was super excited to try on gowns, get a fancy up-do at the salon and gather in my school's cafeteria to dance with my friends to the latest Michael Jackson hits.
I didn't have to worry about selfies and video of my not-so-great dancing skills winding up on Facebook because it didn't exist. My older brother had a cell phone, but it resembled something you'd see on a Fresh Prince re-run...there were no photo capabilities on those flip phones that were popular in the 90s.
According to the article, dances have lost their allure thanks to social media for example Facebook and Snapchat. Technology has made it so easy for kids and teens to connect with thier peers school dances have essentially become irrelevant.
"My High School No Longer Holds Dances Because Students Would Rather Stay Home And Text Each Other" is the title of a Business Insider article by Caroline Moss (@SoCarolineSays) that has been republished and shared like crazy since its release earlier this month.
Here's an excerpt from her article:
This year, they've stopped attempting to hold the dances all together. According to Assistant Principal Lisa Kor (formerly the Dean of Students when I was at John Jay), they only have the prom.
So what do YOU think?
Are you bummed future generations won't get to experience the rite of passage, awkwardness, fun, and memories associated with school dances?
Can you think of other timeless traditions that are seemingly irrelevant due to modern technology?
One that comes to mind are class reunions.
I didn't attend my high school reunion because I was busy with work, but I wonder how many people didn't go because they felt they already knew what was going on with everyone thanks to social media.
Click here to read the full article via Business Insider
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