What Snapchat Stories Means For Your Dating Lifeby Matt Patches on October 03, 2013
In the 21st century, reliving is as important as living. People have always photographed and taped their most important moments — now we just do it for every moment.
And the latest innovation in Snapchat, the cyberspace answer to Mission: Impossible‘s “this message will explode in 20 seconds,” is ready to evolve that obsession. The social media app’s latest addition is Snapchat Stories, which builds a timeline out of an event’s worth of snapshots. Users can build a chain of successive pictures, release them into the wild, and revisit or share them with friends over a 24-hour window. After that, like individual SnapChat photos — poof! — they’re gone.
SnapChat believes this innovation opens up a possibilities for the dating game. The site paints a best case scenario for SnapChat Stories in action:
And who wouldn’t want to relive a great date? Or even a so-so one — football players aren’t “studying tape” to watch themselves score the winning touchdown. A cute Snapchat Story could be cement for a budding couple, that next-morning recollection of all those warm and fuzzy feelings that have people coming back for seconds.
Then again, are people really going to take a dozen pictures on their first date? Are they already Snapchat friends with the person they want reliving the moments? Even in the video example, there’s a level of awkwardness to snapping up a storm and assembling the timeline.
Theoretically, one-half of the date may not need to know that they’re the leading man/lady of the latest Snapchat Story. The published photo streams could change the way we date by committee. Awful or wonderful date experiences always end in friendly gabfests where details are spilled and assessments are made. Now, those in a person’s Snapchat circle have photogenic evidence of what went down. “He wore an Animal Collective shirt?!” one friend might comment. Judgment passed, argument incited.
Snapchat Story opens the Pandora’s Box of oversharing. There’s now an option to broadcast a date, so people will do it and everyone following that person on Snapchat will see it. For better or worse.
Matt Patches is a writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on Vulture, Time Out New York, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino.
- The Worst Pre-Date Text Message Exchange Ever
- 12 Reasons Why You Should Date a Developer
- The 8 Stages of Being The Only Single Friend