True Life: I’m Addicted to Snapchat

But first, let me take a SNAPCHAT!

On a more serious note.

My name is Vanessa and I am a Snapchat addict. Ok, that wasn’t so bad, but I have to be honest with myself so here I go. I know we all check our phones every morning as soon as we wake up, and if you don’t, you’re a rare kind of person. The first thing I open on my phone is not a text message, not my email, and definitely not Instagram. It is Snapchat.

Nowadays, many of us have similar attention spans to those of squirrels, and Snapchat just feeds into my shortening attention span. Almost everything I do or see, I take a photo and post it as my story or send to a select few of my “Best Friends”. We all know there are certain things that are “Snap-worthy” and other things that make you wake up the next morning and ask yourself, “Why?”

Snapchat gives me extreme highs and a a few lows. When people send me snaps about how great my story is I feel like I have accomplished some greater good, which motivates me to keep being the Snapchat queen I truly am. But then, there’s that low moment where you lose all faith in everything when you accidentally send a snap to the wrong person.

I developed, not a hate for Facebook, but if I wasn’t apart of organizations that required my Facebook participation, I would have deactivated it a long time ago. Facebook, for me at least, is everyone who I’ve known since elementary school, and 90% of them are not even my friends. Snapchat is where I can find all my real friends in one place and keep up with what they are up to and they can do the same to me.

Snapchat is all about interaction, but when at a party and that song comes on, everyone whips out their phone and the clear circle that records turns bright red, capturing the moment we all want to be living in. So why am I, and many of you all, addicted to Snapchat?


According to Adam McLane, Snapchat, like many other apps, are designed to trigger a response in our brains for us to unconsciously check the app. Well, Snapchat, you won. I keep on checking the app. Whenever I get the little ghost in my notifications there’s a thrill of wondering who this snap could be from. The amount of time between the moment I receive a snap and when I open it is way too short.

While everyone’s dancing at a party (like above), you can usually find me doing this.

Yeah, I am that girl. The girl who loves to share her life through a Snapchat story.

Ok, so maybe I need to reevaluate my life and my Snapchat problem. But for now, I hope you all continue to send your friends some lovely gems.



Vanessa is a senior at Boston College studying Economics and Communications. She is proud to be the Campus Correspondent of Her Campus at Boston College!





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