Promposals: The Big New Craze or Just Plain Crazy?

By Dalee Barrick, Editor

There was a time back in the day when asking someone to prom was relatively simple, but times are changing. Today’s newest craze, the promposal involves students asking dates to prom in extravagant, crazy and sometimes dangerous ways.

Photo by Deborah McGhee Senior Que Augustine's favorite sport is basketball, so he asked senior Ali Ritter to go to prom with him in the WHS gymnasium.

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Senior Que Augustine used a sport-themed proposal because his favorite sport is basketball. He asked senior Ali Ritter to go to prom with him in the WHS gymnasium.

While many high school students find the proposal flattering, others think it is a waste of time and money.

“The promposal costs too much money,” sophomore Kolby Goff said . “Some students go all out just to try and out do everyone else. They may have the extra money, but I think I’ll just save mine for things like food and gas or just running around.”

Adults think the promposal is distracting, especially when carried out at school. It affects school work because students would rather take class time to watch, take pictures or video the event for posting.

“Promposals should not take place during school hours or class time,” English teacher Danielle Neble said. “Today there are too many distractions in the classroom as it is, and access to smartphones doesn’t help. Class time is for learning, not promposals.”

In the last decade, technological advances allowed for social media to make its debut. Apps like Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter acquired their claim to fame with the idea of keeping in close contact with friends and family living far away.

Now, posting every aspect of one’s life on social media has quickly caught on around the globe. Popularity is based on the number of friends one has and how many “likes” they receive on posts. What better way to obtain “likes” from one’s friends and followers than to catch their attention with an over-the-top post?

Photo by Lodge Scott Since senior Lodge Scott is an FFA officer and shows sheep, his proposal to sophomore Kylie Waters relates to his interests.

Photo by Lodge Scott
Since senior Lodge Scott is an FFA officer and shows sheep, his proposal to sophomore Kylie Waters relates to his interests.

Young adults today like the center stage. In a world where beauty and popularity are put on a pedestal, can one really blame them? This is a possible explanation for why promposals are so popular.

“The difference between teens of today and those of the past is that they now live with social media telling them how to look and act,” math teacher Ann Hodges said. “Being so easily impressionable, they are compelled to reach for the top of society’s standards. This is what makes present day high school students so over the top. They always want to stand out and be the best socially.”

Aside from these concerns, a major issue for those involved is the lack of spontaneity. Usually, the only students participating in the ritual are couples or crushes. The one being asked is only asked because the proposer is sure of a yes answer.

Photo by Kylie Waters Sophomore Danny Steedley created his promposal to junior Elizabeth Slavin with cards. He is the master of all card tricks, so what better way to ask her?

 

One may find the promposal more interesting if less rehearsed.

“Promposals are cool, but I think they’d be better if they were a little more out of the blue,” junior Elizabeth Slavin said.  “As it is, everyone who is asked knows it’s going to happen. It seems kind of robotic.”

While many dislike the promposal, others believe it allows students to express their creativity, interests and individuality.

“If a student really wants someone to go to prom with them, going all out may help,” senior Destiny Garner said. “What better way to face your fears of asking someone than with a promposal?”

For the last few years, promposals have been a continuing topic of discussion among teens. Whether they are liked or disliked, or considered a craze or crazy, most likely promposals are here to stay.

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