Social media actions come with judgement: unspoken Snapchat rules users should know


Emma Larson

Senior Brooke Riley takes a selfie with a Snapchat filter.

Brooke Riley, Editor-in-Chief

If you’re like me, addicted to snapchat with a score of over 100,000 or just an everyday user, the app has many socially acceptable and unacceptable actions. Here are some unspoken rules of snapchat that every user should be aware of.

If our streak ends our friendship ends too. I’ve invested too much of my time snapchatting a consecutive amount of days. If you break that, there is no friendship anymore.

If you open my snapchat and don’t reply, I automatically assume you’re annoyed with me. This is the same concept of “leaving someone on read” in iMessages. I’m not worth your time if you saw my snap but didn’t take the time to answer it.

If I leave your snapchat open, I’m mad at you…. Or I got distracted. Reverse the roles and I probably just forgot to reply and will once I notice. If it’s been a couple hours and you still don’t get a reply; take a hint, I’m probably annoyed.

Sending “streak” once a day makes me feel unimportant because I know you sent it to 20 others. I’m not your “snapchat once a day” side chick. If you want a streak with me, I should get my own, individual, special 10 second photo.

Don’t make your story too long because I’m probably going to skip it anyways. Stories were meant to be skimmed, not actually looked at and observed. If you have a long story, I don’t have the time or attention to watch it all.

Taking selfies with the dog filter makes you look basic. Let’s be real, this is a stereotype that has been floating around for a few months. If you don’t want to seem “basic” then use other filters other than the dog one for your selfies.

The only time the dog filter is acceptable is when you are with a friend. Even then, you might get some judgment.

Posting a black screen with the time filter “11:11” is not worth posting on your story, don’t do it. The time 11:11 happens twice a day. Make a wish if you so choose but don’t share it on your story because no one really cares.

If you go to a concert or other event, enjoy it yourself instead of sharing 100 seconds of it. If I wanted to see the concert, I would have bought my own tickets.

Screenshot can either be your best friend or your enemy. Screenshotting your sent snaps can either make you feel joy or regret. Enough said.