#Snapchat

We Have A Problem.

The weird and wonderful world of Snapchat has completely revolutionised the way we see the world. It used to be through the lens of our eyes, but nowadays we live our greatest moments through the lens of our phone. It’s sad when you think of it like that – but if you think back to the coolest/best thing you experienced recently (getting a gift, going to a party etc.) ask yourself whether you were actually in the moment, or simply sharing the moment with your friends via Snapchat?

10 Seconds of 24 Hours

To those of you who chose the latter, you’re not alone. The My Story feature of Snapchat is an exhaustive collection of blurry club videos, elaborate desserts and dashboard views of an expensive car. But before you compare your own surroundings of a dank, rainy classroom, consider that the snap you just spent 10 seconds of your life watching, is simply 10 seconds of someone else’s life – not their whole life. Yes, there are people who wake up in a Louis Vuitton store, have a Bentley and spend every night in swanky London members-only club. However, those people are far and few between and if you’re really enjoying life, you’re not sitting there on your phone taking a photo of your new handbag; you’re actually wearing it (imagine that).

Don’t Eat and Snap

We need to stop crafting our lives around an app and start actually living it. We’re wasting the best moments of our lives opening an app, taking a photo and coming up with a caption that says “I’m blessed, but I’m humble. Don’t you want my life?” – without actually saying it. So next time you order an impressive dessert, eat it, don’t snap it.

 

 

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#IRL

Is NOT socialising the new form of popularity?

Picture the scene. You’re at lunch with your semi-friend, phones are out on the table next to your knife and fork. Wasn’t it your mother who told you no phones at the table? That rule clearly doesn’t apply these days. Your friend’s phone bleeps in the middle of your story about the bagel guy who hit on you last week. Without hesitation, she grabs her phone and giggles to herself, shifting the phone to a better texting position in her hands. You haltingly continue with your story, knowing that your words are now evaporating into the wall of Wi-Fi surrounding your friend. She nods encouragingly, muttering a sorry and you continue. She murmurs the occasional non-committal “yeah” and “really?” during the relevant pauses in your story, but you know you’ve long lost her to the likes of yik yak, or some other mind-numbing app. You stop talking and she looks up expectantly, almost offended that you don’t continue to entertain her as tirelessly as her phone does. You pick up your phone. I have friends of my own I can talk to, you know written all over your face. The next few minutes pass by in a silence only broken by the sound of four thumbs rhythmically tapping.

When the food arrives, you drop your phone and she pulls herself away from hers, still texting as she’s lowering the phone to the table, a smile and apology stretched on her lips, “So sorry about that, my phones been going crazy all morning.” The food is placed on the table and she is ready, snapchat opened, focused and ready to document (Lunch with my girllllllll #bondingtime).

You eat, you pay, you hug and she tweets, “OMG so good seeing my bae @SpellsYourNameWrong, we should do this more often!”

 

 

 

 

 

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