Oh, Snap : The Illusion of Fame

This piece was published in the December 2015 issue of the Prep News


Everyone gets their own 10 seconds of fame. You can press and hold to see their life, their story. I am referring to the stupid sensation known as Snapchat Stories.

Snap Stories started out as pictures of holidays and vacations. Around Christmastime, I remember seeing my friends going out in the snow to see a new car with a big red bow on top. But, it has shifted from showing people what beach you are on to how fast you can chug a beer. Snap Stories have become self-absorbed videos and pictures. Instead of saying, “Look where I am,” Snap Stories now say, “Look at what I’m doing.” They have become less genuine. I don’t want to judge people by their Snap Stories, but some people repeatedly try to show how much of an amazing time they are having or how awesome their party is.

I understand the whole notion of “If you don’t like what they do, then don’t add them on Snapchat,” but I add people on Snapchat because I am interested in what they are doing with their lives. I like seeing people visiting Union Station or going to Royals games. I do not like seeing how they just chugged a beer and smashed it on their head or a picture of their speedometer, bragging how they went over 100 mph in a 60 mph speed limit, or even being a high school frat star by going to fraternity parties.

I understand people are “living the party life” in a basement with 15 other high schoolers taking shots or playing beer pong. But those snaps lessen my hope for the future because what should we expect to happen in four years when everyone has graduated high school and moved on to college? Are you still going to be proud to show how you crushed a Natty in six seconds? I guarantee you, a six second shot-gun is not a resume builder.

I think Snap Stories bring out the arrogance in humble people. More people are worried about how cool their party appears or showing how they are partying at a collegwhen in reality, these people do not want to share what they did on Saturday night. They do not want to appear presumptuous or cocky. Snap Stories are like a fire, they make people feel satisfied and warm by showing others how awesome they are, but when the fire goes out, they are left with nothing, save the memory of having something meaningful.

I have had my fair share of useless posts on Snapchat, but I strive for my posts to show my experiences rather than my arrogance. I am not saying I am a role model. I just think consciously before posting on social media. Now, I know there will be a very low number of people who complete this article. But for the few that do, know that Snap Stories can be a fun way to post on social media without looking obsessed with yourself.

A 17-year-old can brag how he made the last cup in beer pong, but I would love to see how impressed their parents or teachers would be by such posts. After all, we are under 21, and our brains are not fully developed, so people will make mistakes. Life will go on, but a screenshot will last forever.

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