I recently shared my Snapchat “score” with a friend, and his reaction was shy of mortified. I would classify his reaction as shocked with a hint of embarrassment. Now, I like to think that I am somewhat of diverse Snapchatter – I like to spice up my selfies with some finger-drawn art or a clever caption.
Strangers and friends have caught me in full-blown Snapchat conversations and unfortunately for my friends, I have no shame, so if I’m having a chin-off (try to create as many chins as you can) with a friend, I have no problem documenting it in public. There have been many times when I have relied on Snapchat to communicate to others. For instance, when I updated my iPhone to the new iOS operating system, my messaging was on the struggle bus, so I had to turn to Snapchat to stay connected.
The one caveat to Snapchat comes down to etiquette. While it’s convenient to send a picture to the masses with a few taps of your finger, the issue at hand is how to respond and deciding whether a response is even necessary.
When I receive a snap that I don’t know how to respond to, my shoulders raise to my earlobes and my hands clamp to the side of my face, my go -to fetal position usually reserved for threats of getting tickled. I feel bad not responding because someone has taken the time to tap on my name as a recipient for a snap. Shouldn’t I return the favor?
While I am guilty of sending out mass snaps, I only include people that I know would enjoy the snap –I don’t just send snaps willy nilly. But what if other people don’t have the same courtesy? That is why I have come up with 5 ways to tell if you are a recipient of a mass snap and how I respond to them:
1. A snap includes food – this is almost always a mass snap. Obviously you want me and all your friends to be jellies of what you are stuffing your face with. I get it. I tend not to respond to these. You’ve made me so hungry with your snap, I have no energy to send one back.
#nofilter = be jealous of what I’m eating.
2. A selfie with no text – You’re probably just bored and want someone to snap with. At least 1 of the 20 recipients will respond, right? STEP YOUR GAME UP! At least make an effort and draw something. I will return the favor and send you a bland “I can’t bother with you right now” face. -__-
Hey, look at my sad attempt at winking.
3. A snap of a landscape – You’re probably traveling and want your friends to enjoy what you’re seeing. Either that, or you’re bragging that you’re on a trip while your friends are at home working. If it’s the latter, you’re just cruel. It’s normally a mixture of the two and I’m okay with that. If the snap is extremely beautiful, it is worthy of a reply. I will probably respond with a “I’m so jellies” snap. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get a finger-drawn jelly jar. If it’s a blurry picture of a field, don’t expect anything in return.
How purdy and romantic. PSYCH! I was third wheeling with my parents. Awkward.
4. A ninja snap of something funny – these are always entertaining, and I approve. Ninja snaps are great, but ninja videos are a whole other level. I will ALWAYS respond with a snap of me laughing or something that is equally as funny.
This baby was freaking out on the train. (He won the chin off we were having)
5. A snap that contains gossip – This takes gossip girl to a whole new level. As a nosy Asian, I can’t help but enjoy these. I like to be updated on the gossip without having to be social. How do you think I found out that Kris and Bruce Jenner separated? I will probably snap back a face that resembles the like of Scream. In the case of the Kris and Bruce Jenner separation, my world was shattered – if their love couldn’t make it, there is no hope for plebeians like me.
What are your favorite types of snaps?