More to Life than Snapchatting Moments

Click. Delete. Click. Delete. Click. Send.

Ah, finally. The perfect Snapchat picture has been captured! You might think I’m being sarcastic, but then I will probably assume that you don’t spend a lot of time around Snapchatters because this is, in fact, a daily play-by-play.

Trust me, I understand. I used to be addicted to Snapchat. It was the last thing I saw before I went to bed and the first thing I checked when I woke up. I communicated via Snapchat. It was the easiest (and I personally thought, most enjoyable) way to communicate with your friends. Why tell them what you’re doing when you could just show them?!

It’s an easy way to show off the amazing beach trip with your best friends. And it’s an even better way to send a picture with your new hair-cut without looking conceited because hey, everyone sends selfies via snapchat!

Last weekend I went and got hibachi with some friends. I love hibachi. I love eating it, but I love the entire process of it. I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve as I watch the magical chefs chop up the meat in front of me, set onions on fire, and fling little pieces of eggs into customers’ mouths.

I’m not alone in enjoying this production.

As I looked up across the table, I saw a row of five people, all watching the process happen . . . through their phones. As they took snapchat videos of the hibachi chefs at work, they weren’t actually watching it happen live, they were watching it happen through their 2 x 4 screen.

I then thought of the reactions of the people on the receiving end, who were about to open that video. “Oh, that looks like so much fun!” “Wow, they’re so lucky.” Or maybe even an “I wonder why I didn’t get invited?” While Snapchat can be a harmless way to update those around you with what you’re doing, it can also be a subtle jab to show off how much fun and how incredible your life is. Authentic videos of you here and now, right?

But how authentic is the life you’re living and the life you’re portraying when you’re going to take that selfie five times before you send it? How present are we in our day-to-day lives and the bigger celebratory moments when we are watching them on our screen, as they are occurring right behind our screen? How much comparison do we feel when we look at what others are doing versus what we may be doing on our Saturday night?

Snapchat isn’t bad – it’s a fun way to keep in touch and an incredibly successful app. However, deleting snapchat is freeing.

This is less of a jab at the company, and more of a challenge to be present. To live in the here and now and to soak in what is actually going on around you – with your panoramic view and surround sound features. When we fully invest in where we are, we are able to fully love and invest in who we are and who we are with.

Don’t miss out on those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities because you’re too caught up in trying to capture a 10 second frame of it.