Teen Facebook Parties Getting More Chaotic

As a popular online social network, Facebook is quite useful for spreading the word on things like political causes, and events. Need a few friends of friends to show up at your party? Post the event on Facebook, and all those friends of friends are likely to see the event. I can’t tell you how many event planners befriend hundreds of Facebook users in a particular geographic area, for the sole purpose of promoting a weekend party.

So I can’t say that I’m surprised to see that a party promoted on Facebook ended in chaos, as the event was spread to a great deal of users that are all somehow connected on the social network. The Telegraph reports of a private school teenager’s party, which ended in ruin at the Baba Foundation community center in south London last week. The party got out of hand when far more than the expected number of teenagers arrived at the party. But things took a turn for the worst when the teens got out of hand.

About 30 teens tried to force their way into the center, and another 30 had shown up before the night was over. The rowdy teens reportedly began throwing food and soft drinks, and even threw glass bottles from inside the community center once the police showed up. Daniel Sisilu, the owner of the community center, seems to be quite regretful of the disturbance this party imposed onto the community, and apparently feels as though he’s been taken advantage of for agreeing to allow the teen to throw the party. As the daughter of a family friend, Sisilu didn’t see any initial problems in allowing his venue to be the location for a teen’s party.

The concerning thing about this particular situation is that it is progressively worse than similar situations we’ve seen earlier this year. Just a couple of weeks ago, a teen threw a house party while her parents were out of town, and because the event was posted on Facebook, it gained a lot more attention (and attendees) than initially planned for. And while these ruined parties aren’t the responsibility of Facebook, it does call unwanted attention to the social utility of such a network, which can be used irresponsibly by its members.

The silver lining in all of this? Facebook already has the privacy settings instituted in its network, so that this situation could have been avoided in the first place. If you want a select 50 people to see your party invitation, make the event private and share it with only those 50 people. Got it, kids? Try not to give the grown folks reason to use social networking against you…

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