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.

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,


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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Calling Video Games An 'Addiction' Is Just Another Way For People To Look Down On Gamers

Just another way for the world to look down on video games.


Video games have transcended generations since its birth back in 1958 with the game Pong. It has been a pass time and a getaway for some from the realities of this world. Video games have given boundless creativity and have brought to life, figuratively speaking, our whimsical fantasies. We are able to recreate, rewrite, or replay history with video games. It enables us to coordinate with our brain and our hands to show your skills with the sticks (go watch the EVO fighting championships for "Street Fighter 4" and you'll know what I'm talking about).

There is a new breed of athlete (though not physically inclined, but mentally empowered) that are arising from video games. Everyone wants to see the best of the best in anything. Whether is in bowling, chess, wood splitting, or video games. We want to know who is better. The world of video games and even broader, games, in general, settle those disputes.

Now, all of a sudden video gaming is an addiction?

If gaming can be classified as an addiction then everything can be classified as an addiction. Cause essentially life is a game itself (That's just me being salty, but really it's not an addiction). I think that the minority of "addiction prone" gamers messes it up for the majority of gamers. I used gaming as a way to stay off the streets and found friends who shared the same ideology. It just so happen to be that the safest place we could all meet up was in a Call of Duty lobby. We laughed and shared stories and antagonized each other as if we were siblings. To this day I keep in touch with those guys cause that was a brotherhood we built. You are still interacting with real human beings. In a more para-social way though.

For someone to say that gaming is an addiction has not experienced real gaming. And real gaming is not a raging 13-year-old who is mad about not being able to crack the top 50 when he plays "Fortnite." Real gaming is when you are immersed in the game like you would be in a movie. It has its own characters and plots. It allows you to choose your destiny and become something that you couldn't in real life.

Gaming is not an addiction. To say it is an addiction is pushing the narrative that being a gamer can lead to a disease. That is something that is simply not true.

And I am living proof.

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