Snap streaks can be fun. This basically means that you Snapchat someone every day for how ever many days the streak notes on the little emoji. They can be a great way to encourage you to keep talking to someone, especially if you don't see them on a day-to-day basis. But are we letting Snapchat streaks take over our lives, making us feel like the number of streaks and the degree of those streaks determine our self-worth?

I love snap streaks, they can be lots of fun sometimes. But recently, I've been starting to re-think them. I remember that the moment that I really got into Snap streaks was exactly one year ago, in the fall of 2015. I specifically remember the moment, in class, where a friend of mine and I decided that we wanted to maintain a streak. Before that, streaks tended to be temporary, only lasting for about 5 days maximum before dying down. My friend and I decided that we would try to gain as many days as possible, and for the next 200+ days, we continued snapping each other daily, even when on vacation. And for the most part, it was fun. But it's been a year, and things have changed on my perspective on Snap streaks. 

That snap streak eventually died at around 200+ while I was away in China, since I lost service. In the moment, I was a little upset, but I think that this was the moment when I began to detach myself from the cycle of Snap streaks. I had about 10 at one point, becoming so attached to Snapchat and maintaining those numbers. It began to be more than just a fun thing, it became a chore. Every day I would receive the same Snapchats. I would receive the same black screen with the word "streak" or "daily snap" written on it. Everyday one of my friends would send the exact same picture to me, a picture of his countertop with the time layered over it, labeled, "streak". There came a point when the streaks were kind of pointless. I was getting the same pictures sent to me everyday just for the sake of maintaining that little fire emoji. 

Was I really gaining anything from these snap streaks? I was wasting my time looking at worthless pictures and sending the same worthless pictures back. Social media is meant to share the fun moments, to prompt conversation. And I'm not conversing at all through these worthless snaps. As I mentioned before, they were merely just another thing that I needed to do everyday, a chore that I just got over with in the morning. Honestly, I can't remember the last time that I had a real, genuine conversation with someone over Snapchat. I even have a lot of streaks with people that I wouldn't even talk to in real life. Why should I snap with them if I wouldn't even want to talk to them in real life? 

We're starting to see the same pattern that happens with Twitter and Instagram and other social media, the number obsession. On other forms of social media, we obsess about the number of followers we have, making sure that we have more than the next person so that we can brag about how popular we are, and making sure that our follower count is higher than the number of people you're following, because that's 'social taboo.' It's kind of ridiculous when you think about it, because the number of people that are following you does not determine your worth. Similarly, having a higher number of snap streaks, of more days embedded in individual ones will not make you happier. At the end of the day, it's just a number. I know quite a few people that pride themselves on their streaks, brag about having lots of streaks with numbers of 200-300 days worth of streaks. And honestly? I think that it's kind of pathetic. I know that I'm being blunt, but I think that it's pathetic to pride yourself based numbers, think that your happiness and your worth is based on the number of people that you Snapchat. There are so many more things about yourself that you can be proud of. Shout out to the world about your accomplishments, the real ones, that make you who you are as a person. Your self-worth isn't determined by anyone or anything but you. 

Comparing your numbers to someone else's won't do anything to make you happy and just because you have more streaks than your friend, doesn't make you any better as a person. It doesn't mean that you're more popular, it doesn't mean that you're having more fun, in fact, it really doesn't mean anything. It just means that you Snapchat a lot. That's all that it is. Having more streaks doesn't make you a better person than someone else. 

Sometimes, it's better to step away from social media, and stop letting it control our lives, our emotions, our happiness. For me, I've started to realize that there are better things that I can do with my life than obsess about my Snapchat streaks. They can be fun, but if it's turning into a chore, then why even waste your time? It's kind of like what I mentioned in a previous post: "If you didn't post it on social media, then did it really happen?" because sometimes we get so involved in social media that we let it take over our lives.

I'm still not really quite able to let go of Snap streaks, but now I realize that sometimes, it's not just people that can emotionally manipulate you, but sometimes it's yourself, you're letting social media manipulate you emotionally. I'm giving it control over my emotions and I shouldn't. I shouldn't be so attached to a little emoji and constantly worrying about them. Sometimes when I go on vacation, I'm worried that I won't have any wifi, solely for the purpose of keeping the streak alive. But what's better, keeping the streak alive, or living your life? In order to feel alive, loving your life, it's not worth stressing about keeping some inanimate thing alive. I guess that what I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't overthink Snapchat streaks and let them control your happiness. You shouldn't just maintain a streak for the sake of showing off and bragging about it to your friends, but you should maintain streaks for your own enjoyment. If they make you happy, go ahead, keep that streak going, but if it's more of a chore than something you feel happy doing, then don't make it just something that you have to do every day.

Don't let the numbers change your mood or your confidence, because at the end of the day, no one is going to remember how many streaks you had or how many followers you had, they're only going to remember you for you. So by all means, just do things that make you happy, do things that make you, you. Because social media can be fun, but you still need to be wary of how it might manipulate you emotionally without you even realizing. Today, social media has become so influential and powerful in our of our lives. It has single-handedly changed the way that our culture and society works. And I think that it's amazing, that it has such a huge impact on our lives. But it's important to make sure that this impact is a positive one. With social media circling around us, it's something that you have to take a hold on yourself, to ensure that it has a positive impact on your life. This means trying not to become too reliant on it (which is way more difficult than it sounds) or not letting the internet put you down. Your life isn't just on a screen, it's all around you, much more than a Snap streak. At the end of the day, what mark do you want to leave on the world? Because for me, it's certainly not a flimsy Snap streak that I want to pride myself on as my mark on the world.
Snap streaks shouldn't dictate your happiness, you should. 

1 comment:

  1. I never understood the big deal about Snap Streaks! I always forgot to keep up with them, and thought they were kind of pointless. I completely agree with you on everything you said!

    XO, Brooke