The ways of communication between people are always evolving. While growing up, there was AIM and video chat; then Facebook, Skype, and texting joined the ranks. Just a few years ago, FaceTiming burst onto the scene with the advent of the camera phone. Now, however, we are faced with the continually evolving communication styles presented by the popular app, Snapchat, and its new way of bringing people together. There are always new apps, abbreviations like “lol”, or even emojis to express an emotion while texting or Snapchatting, which has become a new verb itself. New styles of communication flourish while old ones slowly fade out. For most young people today, we rely on texting and Snapchatting as our main form of communication. Yet, over text and Snapchat many things attempting to be said can be misinterpreted by someone on the other end. Even with Snapchat stories–which are compilations of snaps put together over a single time period– the app allows us to show what we are doing, where we are, and who we are with to all of our “friends.” For most of us, we know the “dos” and “don’ts” of Snapchat and texting. For those of you find themselves in the other category, listen up.
Are you using the right okay?
When it comes to texting the word “okay” there are many ways to spell it and, in the end, they all have different meanings. Here is a little breakdown for all of you who have no idea when to use all the the many forms of the shorthand phrase to denote assurance.
K- this is the easiest way to “show” you’re annoyed or angry. It is aggressive and usually ends the conversation and dually provides the other person with assurance, but also the feeling that they have officially aggravated you.
Ok- Not that most excitable response, but it could honestly go either way depending on how your conversation is going.
Kk – This is always a solid response because the person receiving it looks at it as a positive. It is cheerful, upbeat, and confrontation-free.
The type of tone you are using during your text conversation is also quite relevant. Bottom line: Try not to overthink text messages or Snapchats, but if you are trying to be specific make sure you’re using the right tone.
How long can a MyStory be without being too long?
Whether it’s a typical day at school or you’re at a music festival, there is definitely a point where you need to be cut off from making stories. You know it’s too long and excessive if you added snaps to your story for the whole concert you were at. Everyone has their own preference on this issue, but I would say that six to eight should be the most you have facets of a story. This isn’t a “rule” but rather a reminder to people who make their stories too long. You aren’t the Kardashians, and not everyone cares about your every move.
If you’re just going to send me the same picture that you are going to put in your story anyways, pass. I am going to see it anyways.
I don’t know if anyone else finds this as irritating as I do but it is pretty clear. I’m not just talking about the one or two times you have sent your story to other people. I am talking about the people who do it for almost every other story they post. I think often times people think that others won’t see it in their story so they send it individually as well. Or, maybe they just want to start a conversation on Snapchat. I’ve tried at length to figure this out but I just can’t solve the motivation behind it. Thus, for those of you who do this, once they see it was in your story they’re going to think it was just a mass snap you sent to everyone else (which you probably did), so just pass on the excess.
Is the dog filter really as cute as you think?
When Snapchat first added the filters there was so plenty of attention directed towards the infamous dog filter. It was in everyone’s MyStory and separate Snapchats. Yes, I am guilty of those things as well, but it has become completely overrated. People even decided to take the dog filter and add it to their Facebook profile pictures. It’s fine if you use it every so often, but please don’t use them all the time. Much to your surprise, people want to see your actual face–not just a filter.
Don’t take days to respond to texts and snapchats
I know that there are those “rules” where some say you can’t respond immediately or you need to wait a certain amount of time to respond to someone, but this is different. It is different waiting a couple of minutes instead of a few days. Are you really that busy? After all, we’re in high school. If you have enough time to post on Facebook or post a MyStory of where you are at, you have enough time to respond. I know, everyone is guilty of this at some point but it’s something to realize and change it. Be courteous. You don’t want to be known as the person who takes forever to respond.
Don’t text someone first and then not respond
This is one of the most frustrating things to deal with. If you are going to start a conversation, continue it. Don’t just all of a sudden decide not to respond after you initiated the conversation in the first place. It’ll save both parties time. This goes for Snapchat as well. Don’t Snapchat someone first and then open it and not respond. This practice is just slightly annoying and no one wants to double snap.
It’s just a snap streak…
Don’t obsess over how you cannot lose that 102 day snap streak with a friend. I can’t say I am not guilty of this, but I’ve come to question: Why does it even matter? Does it prove anything? No. It is just a number that really does not mean anything at all. Don’t stress about something like that. All good things must come to an end.
If you need to reach someone or if have something important to say, call.
Whether it is bad news, good news, something you need a fast reply to, the best thing you can do is to still call someone. In this day and age, many of us use texting as a way to avoid confrontation or as an outlet to say things we might not be able to say to someone in person. Still, we must learn to have tough conversations. Call them up, have a conversation, and solve the issue. Simple as that.