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Most Common Way to Ask a Date to the Prom Involves a Smart Phone

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How did your prom date ask you to the big dance?  I remember my classmate Shane sort of nonchalantly turning around at the end of history class and saying, “So ya wanna go to the prom with me?”  I said sure, he said “K,” and turned around again, picked up his books and left the room.  We had a lovely time.

Some asks are more memorable than others.

How are most students asked to the prom now?  You might guess technology plays a part.

A new Pew Research study says the preferred method is via text.  In a survey of 1,243 teens between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, 58 percent said they would ask someone to the prom via text message.  And 67 percent would accept that way.

Fifty percent of teens use group texting instead of talking to friends in person to make prom plans.

Guts no longer required!  Just close your eyes, send a text, and ask.  If you get nothing in reply and hear the dreaded crickets, well I guess you’ll just have to text your friends and complain.  Face-to-face talk is over-rated apparently.

One more thing….67 percent of people said they texted photos of potential prom dresses to friends, as they tried to figure out what to wear.

Many proms in East Texas have already happened, so we’ll keep that helpful tip in mind for next year.  It also works while we’re trying on jeans.   Just don’t accidentally send that text to your date this weekend.  It might send the wrong message.

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