Who’s on Snapchat?
It seems like its everyone’s favourite social media account at the moment, and I have to say, for a short while I was a little addicted.
But then it started to get me down. See whilst I know that instagram is the perfectly curated version of someone’s life (although why there’s not a filter that allows me to remove my bright red post-bootcamp face, I don’t know) – snapchat is supposed to be the opposite. It’s supposed to show “REAL” life.
OK, yes, there are a lot more behind the scenes style shots, and the post workout selfies are a little more realistic, unless you put the flower halo filter on, obviously. However, I feel like from some it can come across as even more of #humblebrag about your life – with hauls (both bought and freebies), rants, outfits, designer items, events etc. It can bring out the comparison trap for me. Oh and I just don’t understand some of the filters!
And then there’s the d**k pics. NOT OK.
Of course this isn’t the case all the time (luckily the aforementioned pics are few and far between). I do genuinely enjoy following some people on Snapchat including my IRL friends, seeing what goes on in their day to day lives.
It’s a great way to sharing info quickly and for a short period with followers. Plus as a follower myself, it does feel more personal, letting you get to know the people behind the social media accounts a little more (this is both a good and bad thing, and I’ve had to unfollow more people on Snapchat than any other platform before!)
I also love the responsiveness of the app, that I can respond to people directly, and send video and pic messages to friends/followers which is fun. Plus the nosy side of me does like to see inside people’s houses/lives!
I tend to go through waves of sharing lots on snapchat, then going cold turkey with the app for a few days/weeks. Sometimes it’s because I simply forget. It’s not ingrained in me the way that Instagram and Twitter are, and often because I have no phone battery. Snapchat is the biggest phone battery suck. But other times it’s because I feel like I need a break from it. I didn’t snap our engagement at all, or go online all that much on our trip so that I could enjoy the moment in the moment rather than from behind my phone (as I usually am!)
I was told that online you either want to inform or entertain, and sometimes a pic of me sitting on the tube or watching someone say ‘I’m off to an exciting meeting’ does neither. I’d love to know your thoughts on it – love it or loathe it? And what would you LIKE to see on my snapchat?
I’m therunnerbeans there if you fancy following along at Beat the Sun with Asics because hopefully that will both entertain and inform 🙂 xx