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Snapchat update: everyone’s freaking out

Snapchat update: everyone’s freaking out

Snapchat update: everyone’s freaking out
February 26
14:00 2018

When someone asks about social media, Snapchat is always one of the first mentioned.

The app allows users to share self-generated content, such as photos, video and even text-based images, among their circle of friends and followers. The app also allows users to hide personal content from certain friends and followers.

With Snapchat, not only are you able to enjoy the exciting events happening in your friend’s lives, but some could say you are living through their “snaps.”

As a society, we don’t like change, and the  Snapchat update is something we did not need. It wasn’t a necessity. But it was oh so kindly given to us.

In the newest Snapchat update, the app released a new format, including two different pages, including direct chats and stories, both placed on the same page.

To navigate, you click on a user’s name and then their information — not their story. You have to click the little circle by their name in order to actually watch their story.

Snapchat claims this update was to increase user ability and make the app easier to navigate all together.

And unpopular opinion: I also think this update is quick and efficient.

Instead of having to scroll to find a story, it’s conveniently located on the same page.

Many Snapchat users disagree, seeing as we have easily gotten accustomed to seeing change as bad. Users took to Twitter, claiming the update was harder to use than before.

There have been tweets comparing the update to the time U2’s album was automatically downloaded on every iTunes account. There are even fellow conspiracies theories surrounding what else Snapchat will bring users.

Some conspirators assumed Snapchat was going to get rid of streaks on Feb. 20, or that they would reverse the update. However, that’s all talk and not news.

It’s already been emphasized how sad it is that millennials and Generation Y are “addicted” to their phones. Now you have people worrying about how the app impacts their personal usage.

We want things to cater to our needs. Every time Apple has a new update for the iPhone, you hear about it.

The fact that we make it a necessity to share the way we feel about such minor things shows our strong connection to apps and social media. We shouldn’t allow such insignificant things to affect us. Instead, we should focus on things that actually matter.

We should care to be informed. Many times we become consumed by the life on the internet. We hide behind our screen.

And Snapchat will still be Snapchat, regardless of the update format. Its purpose will remain the same.

We feel comfortable through social media. Anything that affects us automatically affects our real life. Instead of living virtually, we should live in the moment. It’s easy to get lost on the internet and the different personalities on there. Focus on the things that surround you.

So for now, let’s just accept the update and understand its attempt to meet our needs.

Featured Image: Illustration by Austin Banzon

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