The Effect of Technology on Winfo
by Rowan Tsao ‘21
As everyone knows, NCS Winfo was last weekend. That means the last minute dress shopping, the packs of people lingering at Open City waiting to film their friend’s “Asks,” and, of course, the endless social engineering and reconnaissance on our phones. Technology allows people to coordinate dinners, dresses, and dates, making planning for events like Winfo so much easier.
An additional effect of technology and social media related to dances like Winfo is social pressure. For instance: the evolution of “the ask.” Instead of a good, old-fashioned, one-on-one awkward conversation, asking someone to a school dance has become a bigger, more elaborate event that we document and post on social media. Do your reconnaissance ahead and be certain he or she will say yes! “Asks” include a sign with a cute pun, or buying food and playing music, and of course, all of your friends have to be there to document the event. This creates added social pressure to have a fun, creative, post-worthy “ask.” As someone who likes to keep things low-key, this pressure always frustrates me; however, I still enjoy tagging along to my friends’ “asks,” as they can be fun and personal.
Technology, of course, has become greatly incorporated into our daily lives. Some people may argue that our increased use of smartphones and social media make us antisocial at events such as Winfo, because we spend our time posing for photographs, then editing and posting them. This may be true, but I think that technology also allows us to enjoy the night together by taking pictures and using social media as a place where we can document our memories together.
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