I Broke My Snapchat Streaks And Couldn't Be Happier

I Broke My Snapchat Streaks And Couldn't Be Happier

I refuse to let my relationships be defined by a number.

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Technology has been around for what feels like so long, many people don't remember what life was like without it. One of the apps that has made an impact on the way humans communicate is "Snapchat." This innovative app is a fun way to message your friends through pictures or videos. Users of Snapchat commonly know the term "streak" as the number of days two people have been Snapchatting. This streak is broken if you don't snap each other within 24 hours. I like to think of it as Snapchat's way of getting its users to become hooked to the app. When life became busy in college, I broke all my streaks and I couldn't be happier about it.

While I love communicating with my friends on Snapchat, I have sometimes felt like my relationships were defined by this never-ending number. What was this number supposed to remind me of? Should I think of the minutes, hours, and days I have wasted on my phone? Or, should it remind me that no matter what I do, I will never be satisfied with this irrelevant and unending number? The "positive message" that Snapchat was trying to make me feel towards these streaks kept on getting clouded by these other rational thoughts. Eventually, I couldn't understand the point of it anymore and I broke them all.

It was a slow process, breaking my streak addiction. First, it started with turning my notifications off, then burying the app deep into a file labeled "time waster" so I would have to be intentional about opening the program. This eventually broke my automatic reflex to tap on the app whenever I was bored. Eventually, I just forgot about it one busy day and all my streaks were gone.

Many people would say that breaking these streaks is like saying the relationships aren't important to me, but that simply isn't true. I care about my friends and family just as much as everyone else does, but sometimes life can get busy and streaks are the last thing on my mind. Schoolwork, jobs, and other issues can stretch a person so thin that requiring a Snapchat streak in order for a relationship to be valid is a little ridiculous. Real relationships should be based on respect for one another and forcing this streak upon the other person when they need time to take care of themselves isn't respectful at all.

Another thing to keep in mind is logging on Snapchat when you are with your friends or family. What does this appear to say to them when you would rather be messaging other people? Live in the moment, talk with those surrounding you, and don't let opportunities slip from your fingers. Stop posting a billion concert videos on your story and just listen to the music because you don't have to prove to anyone that you are having fun. Besides, you have to know that no one watches more than two of those videos. This desperate need to show others what you are doing is consuming the time you could be spending laughing, living, and loving. Take a picture for memories, but don't let your pictures take your memories.

Live in the wonderful age of technology, but don't be consumed by it. Relationships should be rooted in a love for each other and not a number, so stop treating streaks so much more than what they are. They are numbers that do not define you. The same goes for a person's age, weight, and geographical coordinates. How old, what size, or nationality you are shouldn't be a reason to segregate a person because we are all human beings. Why should the irrelevance of a number be any different for a Snapchat streak?


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21 BuzzFeed Quizzes To Take When You're Trying To Procrastinate

Why study when you could be on BuzzFeed?
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According to my previous article, 12 Things That Are Only Acceptable In College, spending 2.5 hours taking BuzzFeed quizzes is completely acceptable if you're in college. With it being that time of the semester when the list of things to do is never ending, sometimes it's easier to just ignore your problems and spend your studying time procrastinating. If this sounds like something you need to do, here's the ultimate list of quizzes to waste your time on.

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Wondering what you're going to do with your life since you're probably going to fail that exam that you have tomorrow? After all, you are taking BuzzFeed quizzes right now instead of studying. This quiz will answer that question for you.

2. Which "Gossip Girl" Character Are You Based On These Random Questions?

This one's a classic that you just can't possibly skip.

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If I got 70's, does that mean I have timeless taste or terrible taste?

5. Pretend To Go Shopping And We’ll Figure Out If You’re More Ann Taylor Or Ann Taylor: Loft

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After Binge-Watching Netflix's 'YOU' I Binge-Deleted All My Location Tags On Instagram

I don't want to end up as the next Guinevere Beck.

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Not proud to say I had my own personal "Joe" pretty recently.

Ok, ok, maybe not to the extent of Joe but definitely a regular boy with a sprinkle of 'Joe'rassment (see what I did there? Of course you did).

Social media is a freaking trap in general. It sucks you in, to post every little detail of your life and naturally, being the young millennials we are, we post everything; what we're doing, who we're with, what we like and dislike, the list goes on and on.

However, ever since watching "You" I've decided to be more cautious with what I share to the unknown that we call the internet.

I'm not an influencer, I don't have a following. My number one follower is probably my mother and my best friends come second but that's about it. My boyfriend doesn't even have social media (Good for him). You're probably wondering if he's "Joe" don't worry, I checked. For all I know, he doesn't have a secret library dungeon.

My excuse for having a public profile on Instagram is that I need to "brand" my page and be able to share my articles with others who aren't just my immediate family but I think I'm going to rethink how I post my pictures on social media.

I'm pretty crazy about the "location tag" Why? Because I love to travel. When I see a travel blogger post their pictures with location tags I always tend to save them so I know where I want to go next for my trip. The thing is I haven't been traveling and being a very openly proud Bruin (Go Bruins!) everyone pretty much knows the perimeters of my existence.

It's so easy to find someone on the internet nowadays because they probably have at least one account somewhere and people either treat their social media as an open diary or they just like to post things about themselves, i.e. me. I can easily find my bf's ex in 0.00005 seconds, not like I've actually tried but if I did, it would be that quick.

I've decided to not post stuff in "real time" meaning that I'll wait until I'm gone from that location to post something or I won't tag the location at all if they're really isn't a reason to. I've had a few instances where my friends would come see me at the bar I'm at because they saw me post a picture and that's completely fine. The chances of having a random person do that are low but why not avoid the whole situation in general.

I'm not here to convince you to get rid of your social media accounts but rather rethink your tags. I understand that our lives are controlled by social media, not only in our personal lives but our professional ones as well (LinkedIn). I'm here to just remind you to be cautious about what you post and how you post it. You don't want to end up being the next Guinevere Beck.

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