The Stress of Snap Streaks

Article by Putra Wibowo

*Excited to open a snap → blank screen that reads “streaks” across the middle of it.*

*Seeing that dreaded hourglass beside someone’s name → experiences a heart attack.*

As there are 173 million daily Snapchat users, this feeling of disappointment is universal. Maintaining a snap-streak with someone requires sending each other a snap at least once everyday. Such a simple task can prove to be one of the most nerve-racking things an average, busy high-schooler can do.

Is my streak snap boring? Will people find them funny? These are just some of the questions going on in people’s minds as they ponder on whether or not to continue this trend.

When asked about the dull streak-snaps received, junior Jack G. says, “when I first started, I found it quite frustrating because I put in the effort to send interesting snaps. However, I have now joined along with the ‘blank streak’ trend because everyone else is doing so.”

Junior Gabriel H. agrees, “boring streak-snaps suck! I usually spend a lot of time making my streaks look good and I receive a dull and boring snap.” It can certainly feel aggravating for someone who puts in the effort to produce interesting snaps, and then have one that is lackluster in return.

With the stress of managing school life and personal endeavors, sending someone a snap can be difficult to squeeze in. Sophomore, Keerthana B. states, “I think that sending streak-snaps causes unnecessary stress and it makes you constantly have to check your Snapchat.”

A frequently debated topic revolves around the superficiality of sending streak-snaps, and the value it weighs on people’s friendships. A handful of our HS Bearcats are trapped in the cycle of ‘snap-streak sending’, although some have chosen to escape it.

Junior Dani P. chose to end all of her streaks and when asked why, she said, “I do feel like keeping snap streaks was fun at first, but in the end they just became a chore and instead of being excited to send one, I’d only do it so that no one would get upset with me.” However, she does see the other side of the argument, expressing, “Despite not having any streaks anymore and realizing their insignificance, I do know that it actually takes effort to continue a streak for a long time, so being upset about losing it is sometimes understandable.”

Whether you’re an avid ‘Snapchatter’, a ghost follower, or anyone in between, one thing that’s evident is that there is a certain degree of stress when it comes to sending streak-snaps. Living in the age of mass technology, we must remember that the number beside someone’s name on a social media application does not define your level of friendship with them. What really counts are the personal, face-to-face interactions that occur between the two of you.