Pro V Con: Facebook dress groups enhance cat fight potential
While junior and senior girls look for the perfect dress for Junior Ring Dance or Senior Prom, they hope that no one else has bought the same one. For this reason, the junior and senior girls have created Facebook pages and invited all of the girls in their class to show off their dresses.
In theory, this is a good idea. No one has to worry about having the same dress as someone else. However, in the event that two girls do either buy or plan to buy the same dress, what happens?
Already on the juniors’ Ring Dance page, two girls have quarreled over a dress. While no negative comments were thrown around, the girls had to decide who should get the dress. Although that specific issue was resolved, these Facebook groups could cause personal attacks through the Internet or in real life.
Even if the girls are civil towards each other, how do they decide who gets the dress? If the girls cannot come to a decision, do they both wear the same dress to the dance? However, that solution is what the creation of a Facebook page was trying to prevent.
There are students who are not taking girls in the junior or senior classes or at JC, do they get added to the group also? If the person who created the group is not friends with them, they may not be added.
One of the fun things about a dance is to see what everyone else is wearing, but if girls are posting pictures of what they are going to wear to the dance, that element of surprise is taken away.
On these pages, girls can get feedback on their dress while looking at other girls’ dresses, but if the feedback becomes negative, the situation could evolve into verbal fights or even physical fights.
Although creating a Facebook page to prevent girls from wearing the same dress is creative and seemingly harmless, there could be many negative outcomes that were not considered. It would be better for everyone involved if the Facebook page did not exist.
Ashley Beyer is a Lifestyles Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.