Snapchat – Why?


What’s the point?

I’ve had several people try and explain it to me, and I still don’t really get it.

“It’s sort of like Instagram and the stopwatch…”

“It’s like Instagram, but with a time limit…” “Like Instagram, but not.”


Wait, there’s more:

– the image only lasts between one and ten seconds

– once it goes away, the viewer cannot ever see it again (but it stays in Snapchat servers)

– in 2014, according to Wikipedia (whatever that means to you) users sent around 700 million photographs and video ‘snaps’ per day

Why in the world do people use this? I don’t get it. What is the point of sending something that you can’t bring back up again.


Oh wait, maybe because you (the sender) just want to gain the pleasure of sending someone a joke, an insult, or a socially inappropriate photograph with the understanding that, within seconds, it will be like it never happened.

…because you (the senders) want to gain the pleasure of the other party seeing the image, but at the same time, you don’t want to be responsible for having sent it. Otherwise, if it were a picture we wanted the other party to keep, we would just send it regularly or post it to Instagram.

I see.

And no one questions why they’re using this “app”lication?




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