By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Traditionally, boy meets girl, boy asks girl to prom, she says yes and they have either a miserable or magical evening.

At least that is how I imagine it happened. I never went to prom.

In 2014, there is a boy, he hasn’t met a girl, he goes to Reddit to find a date.

A young man who goes by the user name of needsadate68 said in his Reddit post: “Hey guys, not the proudest moment of my life, but I need a date for my senior prom.”

He says he is 17 and attends a private school in the Chicago area, adding that he has moved around a lot and doesn’t know anybody that well.

Because I am a hopeless romantic, I am going to assume this is all legit. I reached out to needsadate68, but I haven’t heard back, yet.

He has received some funny replies.

“I’ll go. I’m 27, have IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], and I’ll hook you up with a flask of bourbon. You buy dinner,” wrote one guy, who added, “I feel like I need to PM [private message] your parents.”

Others were more earnest, if not excitable.

“omg i would love to go to prom again! message me if you’re still looking :)”

Another said he should go single and dance with other guy’s dates.

"Do you mind if we dance with your dates?" (Scene from "Animal House.")

“Do you mind if we dance with your dates?” (Scene from “Animal House.”)

A lot of people offered similar advice: Don’t go. It won’t matter in 10 years.

I would agree. In 10 years, it doesn’t matter.

But, sometimes you have to live for the moment. When you are 17, prom can be a big deal.

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