My generation loves to learn. We’re overeducated, underemployed, and very full of ourselves. But this is not news to anyone with a Twitter or an Instagram account. The media at large loves to tell us, the smartest generation of all time, that we’re worthless. And maybe we are. Me personally? I think the jury’s still out on whether or not the millennials will Make America Great Again or drive it six feet underneath the ground. We are a group that loves to overthink. And social media is most definitely to blame.
We make rash, generalized assumptions with little to no credible information. We devour news from Twitter before it makes it onto CNN or Fox, and getting left on “Read” during a text messaging conversation with a crush is way worse than anything our parents had to go through when they were dating.
I get anxious some nights while I lie bed thinking about a stupid remark I made at a party six months ago. We live in an age where technology, at least for me, makes me feel like I need to be in the know about everything. News about current events or our friends and family comes and goes so quickly that if you’re not on Twitter or Facebook the moment it gets posted, you might miss it.
National news was made last month when Kim Kardashian released video proof of Taylor Swift talking to Kanye West via her Snapchat. Everything runs through Snapchat now. I think a few years down the road Snapchat will be a more popular way of communication than text messaging. It’s just as fast, you get to see a picture instead of having to read anything over a few words, and the picture disappears forever after being opened.
I was listening to a “This American Life” segment where they interviewed high schoolers who had some interesting thoughts: they prefer Snapchatting their friends to text messaging them. That’s the future talking, folks.
Which brings me to my point. Snapchat needs to bring back their best friends feature. And not like how it’s set up now. Presently, if you have the blushing smiley faced emoji next to someones name, that means you’ve been snapping back and a forth a lot with someone. But anyone who followed you used to be able to see that.
I know you won’t admit it, but you loved that best friends top three. I know I did. If you’re a man, you relished the days when your number one best friend was some floozy from your English 201 class with four x’s in her name. All of your exes? They knew you were fucking that girl and they probably hated you for it. Good for you.
And if you were a girl? You probably had some guy named Clay or Jake as your number who you let inside of you for a few weeks during the spring semester because you were bored. My point is this: everyone wants to know who everyone else is fucking. It’s human nature to be curious about things like that. And the best way to figure that out was to look at someone’s best friends on Snapchat. Is it invasive and a little presumptuous to assume that because two people are best friends on snap, this automatically means they’re fucking? Most definitely. But that’s why it was fun..