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Snapping Friendships Or Chatting Soulmates?

The anxiety that comes with maintaining Snapchat streaks lurks within us all; however, the streaks don’t mean the same thing for each of us. Whether you Snapchat in attempt to talk on the daily, only Snapchat people back when the hour glass appears, or even coincidentally create streaks out of astonishment, each person has their […]

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The anxiety that comes with maintaining Snapchat streaks lurks within us all; however, the streaks don’t mean the same thing for each of us. Whether you Snapchat in attempt to talk on the daily, only Snapchat people back when the hour glass appears, or even coincidentally create streaks out of astonishment, each person has their own meaning behind their streaks.

Megan Walaitis (’17) revealed her longest streak is 553 days with one of her best friends.

“Tears begin to form in my eyes when I think of that streak ending,” Megan said with a cringe.

Olivia Eliopoulos (’18) also added that her longest streak is 529 days.

“We’ve had our streak since before streaks were a thing,” she said proudly.

Joe Macaulay (’17) on the contrary said, “I only have two streaks and it doesn’t bother me if they end or not.”

Although the three differ on the lengths and importance of their streaks, but they all agreed that streaks are only to be continued with people you genuinely like.

“If someone is no longer friends with me, why would I waste my time sending them ugly pictures of myself?” Megan said with completely sass.

I won’t snapchat people if I have no reason too,” Joe claims. “It’s a waste of time.”

“I will willingly leave you on read if you aren’t special to me. I do not care,” David Simmons (’17) added.

The effort and passion behind keeping Snapchat streaks alive is different from person to person. Katie Harrington (’17) revealed that she has to put in most of the effort to maintain her streaks.

“I usually send a mass snap to all of my streaks, just to take my share for the day,” the senior says.

“Seeing the timer pop up is literally the worst,” Olivia said nervously. “I immediately snap them and if they don’t respond within five minutes I text or call them and make them respond ASAP.”

Olivia Tanberg (’20) on the other hand disagreed completely with Katie and Olivia.

“People Snapchat me first — they gotta put in the effort if they want to keep it going,” she shared confidently.

Megan even stated that if she plans on going somewhere that has no service, she will give her username and password to a friend so they can continue the streak while she’s gone.

To some, the number next to a friend’s name on the social media app is nothing special.

“The more streaks the merrier,” Aidan O’Malley (’19) said laughing.

However, to others streaks symbolize much more. Next time you see someone’s streak value, think to yourself — are they doing it out of friendship, or is it just to reach the next number?

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