Facebook causes drama as girls bicker over prom dresses

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Photo by William Wheatley Emily Larkin (11) and Lindsey Heidelbach (11) fight over a dress. Hereford Prom groups on Facebook have created conflict between girls who are searching for unique gowns.

Samantha Janecek

     Prom is a night high school girls dream about, expecting the perfect memories to last them a lifetime. Each girl wants to look her best, with a pristine dress and the flawless look. But is prom attire taken to an excessive level?

     At Hereford, the pressure is on early this year. The annual prom Facebook page is already underway, adding demands and stress months early. This Facebook group has been used to prevent duplicated prom dresses throughout the years at Hereford. Last year it began on February and this year the group was created in January, but only lasted a week or so before being deleted.

     This year the Facebook page has been taken to the next level of craziness. The page was infiltrated with boys and fake Facebook accounts. This added more confusion to the already drama-filled page that featured more condescending statuses than actual pictures of dresses.

     The creator of the first account, Rebecca Gill (12), is disappointed how the account which intended to be “nice and civil” turned into a mosh pit of hate. Her suspicions of the fake accounts were a couple guys trying to be funny and disrupt the prom group.

     A new Facebook account has been made in replacement of the other fail and is going smoothly, with no extra drama, but functioning as it was meant to as a place to post girls’ prom dresses. The creator of this account is Grace Berry, who stated that she “made it for people [who] actually want to post pictures of their dresses.” She posted on the site, “This is getting ridiculous. Please only add people who just want to see other dresses. It’s not hard.”

     These groups are created to prevent matching dresses; still there is often some drama within the Facebook group. Girls get very protective over their prized prom dresses and can become defensive even if a dress looks similar to theirs. The people involved in the group are very judgmental about other dress choices, completely ripping apart the ugly ones with their friends, gossiping about how that dress will not look good.

Photo by William WheatleyEmily Larkin (11) and Lindsey Heidelbach (11) fight over a dress.  Hereford Prom groups on Facebook have created conflict between girls who are searching for unique gowns.
Photo by William Wheatley
Emily Larkin (11) and Lindsey Heidelbach (11) fight over a dress. Hereford Prom groups on Facebook have created conflict between girls who are searching for unique gowns.

     In this group, many people say they are “99% sure” about the dress they are going to wear, but take up more available options when they choose another instead. It seems more reasonable for a girl to be sure her dress is “the one” before posting the dress.

     Many people have already posted their prom dresses, but there are some who just don’t even want think about it yet, who think choosing a dress four months before the actual prom date does not seem necessary. The only reason motivating some people to go to prom is because it’s at the Aquarium, which is a unique venue.

     Enthusiasm towards prom is understandable; it is a fun time for many high school students, dressing up and wearing their finest looks, but bringing it to an excessive level can become ridiculous. This year, hopes are high that there is not superfluous drama and that everyone can enjoy their dream prom.