Everywhere you go, someone has an iPhone. There are many struggles that come with owning an iPhone—from having your chargers break, to opening up your front camera and looking like a potato to everything in between.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.
1. He has always been there.
Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.
2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.
I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.
3. He sends the cutest texts.
Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.
4. He taught me how to be brave.
When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.
5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.
My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.
6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.
Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.
7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.
Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.
8. He shows me how I should be treated.
Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.
For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!
When it comes down to some of the more popular social media platforms in this day and age, odds are that Snapchat is at the top of your list. If you are unfamiliar with the photo-sharing application, Snapchat allows users to send pictures or videos to their friends as a form of communication, and it also contains a story feature in which users can post videos to their public page for all of their friends to see.
When the app came out, it was all the rage. I'd say most people who have a social media presence downloaded the app—myself included.
But the time has changed, years have passed, and I am not the same person who first made an account.
In the beginning, I saw Snapchat as a fun alternative to texting. The disappearing photos made conversations fun and entertaining, but when the concept of keeping a streak or having an entertaining story was brought into it, the app became less of a way to chat and more to broadcast about all the fun you were meant to be having.
I understand that Twitter and Instagram function in a similar way nowadays, but I also do not feel as forced to check those platforms every day. I know that if I want to delete those apps for a while or not post as often, it'll be fine. It doesn't quite work that way for Snapchat.
The addition of maintaining streaks places pressure on users to remain on the app constantly, even if they don't feel like they have anything to share. What started out as a fun way to show what you're doing becomes more like a chore… and then it becomes a competition.
Everyone wants to have a cool story. Everyone wants to have the highest streaks. And frankly, it's exhausting.
Even the thought of losing my streaks would upset me, and I hated that I'd put the app on this pedestal. The tiny number next to my friends really meant nothing, but I'd placed so much value on it that I'd feel stressed if I hadn't responded in a timely manner or responded with an equally hilarious photo.
I became very vocal about how much I was starting to hate the app, but funnily enough, it remained on my phone! I would still use it, even though I hated doing so. Thankfully, the other day, my highest streak broke, and instead of feeling distraught, I was only relieved.
I no longer feel like I have an obligation to post on Snapchat. While I haven't deleted it from my phone, it's only a matter of time before I do. There is something liberating about posting what I want on my own terms. Now, I can do that again.
If you're having any doubts about the benefits of whatever social media platforms you use, taking a step back can be insightful and beneficial. It doesn't have to be a permanent goodbye, but even giving yourself a break can remind you that your current experiences matter more than what appears on your screen.