To My Snapchat Streaks, You Matter To Me

To My Snapchat Streaks, You Matter To Me

The change from 50 to 51 actually does matter to me.
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Over the past year or so I have seen time and time again people complain about other people getting upset over losing Snapchat streaks.

I get it, it's ridiculous, but you know what isn't?

The friendships behind those streaks.

Now I know that some people have at least 20 streaks with people they hardly know, but what about the people who have five streaks with each one of their closest friends.

This is a message to my streaks,

One day our fire might burn out because one of us was too busy. It's going to hurt a lot because we will both realize that while our friendship still stands the actual physical image of it isn't there anymore. You see, I started a streak with you and invested in it because your friendship is worth investing in. Your friendship is worth the time to tell you that I fell asleep taking a test or that when I tripped today I fell straight into someone else and almost knocked them over too.

Of course, I am going to tell you all of this later anyway, but it's worth seeing that 50 change to a 51.

That streak is a reminder that we have been continuously investing in our friendship for that many days. It's a reminder that we took the time to take a little longer to make ourselves look a little extra bad just to prove that we really do care about each other enough to send those pictures with 500+ chins.

Now, I know I have a group chat in there somewhere that might not have the fire burning beside it, but I know that without a doubt that group of friends is worth a million days worth of a streak. You guys are my people. Truly the greatest friends I have ever had and it's such a shame that our friendship days are not numbered by a cute little fire emoji.

I know it is so stupid of me to cherish something so worldly, but when it comes to people like me my streaks are my dearest and truest friends, so why wouldn't I cherish that? Why wouldn't I take the time each day to update each of you on the fact that I am running to class for the 11th time this semester because I missed the bus yet again?

So look, here is the deal, I am going to keep my streaks. I am probably going to get a little teary-eyed if I lose them. I know how lame and weird that makes me and I know I am probably going to be told a million times that I shouldn't be writing a letter to my friends I have streaks with, but here I am.

I cherish you, my dear Snapchat streaks. You will always be cherished. I know it's weird, but honestly, that's fine.

Love always,

Me

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Why I Play PokemonGo

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The notorious PokemonGo app was a hit during the summer of 2016. The app has been given updates since that summer, and I love using the app now. The Pokemon app basically consists of players being able to catch pokemon, battle against each other in gyms, and go on raids together. People can walk with their friends who also have apps, they can complete "field research" for more rewards, and they can collect candies in order to evolve their pokemon to stronger, superior pokemon. The app is overwhelming: each player has a challenge to catch all 300 pokemon, battle in gyms to collect badges, win raids, and collect XP points in order to get to a higher level. The level of a player unlocks more abilities, including "powering up" pokemon and gaining access to extra special items. The app may seem overwhelming, but I play it for a list of reasons:

1) Jigglypuffs

As a kid, I knew about the first "season" of Pokemon. I collected all the cards, only to disregard all Pokemon-related activites when I realized that I would never be done "collecting" pokemon. The franchise was creating too many for me to keep up with. My eight-year-old self was done with that nonsense. However, I loved the elusive Jigglypuff. This precious bright pink pokemon would sing sweetly, so sweetly that everyone around would fall asleep. She would have a fit because of their slumber, all she wanted was their attention. I empathized with this Pokemon. She seemed like my spirit animal, my spirit Pokemon. So, the Jigglypuff was the Pokemon I sought during my Pokemon walks. I collected Jigglypuff after Jigglypuff until I had enough for one special Jigglypuff to evolve to a superior pokemon. This pokemon was named Wigglytuff. Little did I know, Wigglytuff was my best Pokemon to battle in gyms. My Wigglytuff has won over 30 battles in the past week, and she is the most powerful Pokemon that I have. She is cute, precious, and secretly tough. Her cuteness does not act to compensate for anything. She is my fiercest warrior; she knows how to get down and dirty. No one can withstand the power of my Wigglytuff, and that is absolutely hilarious due to the name.

2) It makes me excited to go to a gym

In order to gain XP points, pokemon players can do a variety of activities. One of these activities is going to the gym to battle. I have defeated many gyms because of my precious Wigglytuff. I do not normally frequent gyms, but now I have an excuse to say that I can regularly go to gyms; they just happen to be virtual gyms where I do not lift any heavy things.

3) There is an important life lesson to learn

In order to evolve a pokemon, a player must collect those pokemon "candies" and stardust. These candies are virtual items that a player collects every time they catch that type of pokemon. Each player receives approximately 3 pokemon candies every time they catch a certain type of pokemon. However, if a player feeds a Pinap berry to the Pokemon prior to catching it, then that player can receive six candies after catching that Pokemon. The important life lesson that I took from this exchange is that if Pokemon evolve with a certain amount of candy, then I can too. This game has given me an excuse to justify my consumption of candy, and no one can take that away from me. As an adult that is no longer governed by rules of my parents, I appreciate this justification.

4) It allows me to fulfill my gender role

In most human societies, females are pressured to bring about new life into the world. Instead of requiring fertilization, all I have to do is go to a Pokestop to receive Pokemon eggs and hatch them to fulfill this gender role. These eggs are extra special: I must walk a certain amount of kilometers in order to hatch these eggs. There are 2-, 5-, and 10-kilometer eggs. The creation of new Pokemon life also gives me the incentive to pretend to be athletic: I must walk over a mile in order to hatch one egg. One mile is approximately 1.6 kilometers. Therefore, walking 1.25 miles every day would result in better exercise for me as well as fulfilling my gender role.

5) The app is a virtual map

What people may not know about the app is that it is composed of real geography. People cannot afford to get lost while searching for Pokemon, so a convenient map of where a Pokemon player is located is provided. I have personally used the app to navigate trails in a foreign place where there were not many signs to point me in the direction of home. When using this app, I do not completely need a map.

6) It's the closest feeling to being a mom

I have never been a mother, but hatching eggs and forcing Pokemon to battle with each other until they faint and require berries and potions to be revived makes me feel like I am receiving a glimpse of true motherhood.

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