Do Americans all go to senior proms and bring a date?
We from other countries, always seen Americans asking girls out to prom and everybody go. You don't do it, you are weird. In real life, is it really like that?
Americans don't all do anything. Some people go to their high school proms, and some don't. Some go with dates, and some go in a group.
I went to three proms when I was in high school, because ours were not restricted to the senior class. I went with a different male friend each time. I skipped my senior prom, because I graduated from high school a semester early.
I didn't go to my HS prom and neither did most of my friends. I didn't like enough people in my high school class to justify the expense.
The same rationale applies to high school reunions. If I didn't like hanging out with you for free when we were in high school, I'm certainly not going to pay big $$ to sit in a hotel ballroom and pretend to be happy to see you all these years later.
I didn't go to my prom but quite a few students do go to proms and most of them bring a date. As for not going it was no big deal unless you're in a relationship with someone who wants to go badly.
I didn't go to my prom because I grew up in a very restrictive home and wasn't allowed to date or go to many "afterschool" activities and events. It was awkward because at that time and where I lived, it was very much an expected thing that everyone did. At the time you also couldn't go solo to our school's prom. (This was in the late 1980s in a very rural community.)
I even remember today how awkward it was when basically everyone in my class got dismissed early from school so they could go get ready, get their hair done up and prepare for the big night. The teachers didn't even seem to know what to do with the few of us who weren't going, so we ended up being stuck in the school library for the afternoon until regular dismissal time. Not a great memory! But not anything that ruined my life, that's for sure. It did make me "weird" at the time, but I don't think today it's nearly so big of an issue.
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