Both Instagram and Snapchat have contributed so much to enhance our social experience. The genius’ behind these applications have created cultural norms that we now associate with everyday and will continue to do for a very long time. Instagram and Snapchat users are the new patrons of the age of information and they are surely banking a lot more than currency.
These are differences between Instagram & Snapchat users.
- Instagram is vanity’s messenger and Snapchat is her long lost cousin: The reality is that people use both platforms. It is however quite interesting to see the difference in how both applications are used. For the most part, one can never really get a full picture of a persons life based on a constant barrage of captured moments. The bulk of instagram users have found ways to convince their followers that their lives are simply as they are in the photos they upload. This is mostly subconscious and totally not on purpose and all of you, myself included, have all cultivated this habit. Instagram for a lot of people provides the embrace of Grandeur
GatsbyEsque illusions while snapchat users find ways to fit into the “perfection and beauty” Instagram offers. Snapchat culture is not about always taking the best picture or looking cool for your friends (although sometimes it is). A bulk of selfies that I have found myself sending on Snapchat have been goofy, unflattering and in some cases disgusting. That’s the beauty of the application. The framework within Snapchat has allowed its users to form the social rules for the application. The idea that our sent pictures and videos will disappear has created a culture where people are not afraid to express themselves and has actually allowed me to realize something special that is unique to this application.
- Snapchat is an excuse to be casually risky, Instagram is the enabler: Snapchat has proved that there is power in deletion. In many ways snapchat presents the risk that is sometimes associated with getting wasted and forgetting everything that happened the night before. Instagram on the other hand is the friend that stays sober. That one friend that stays behind you when you walk the plank but pushes you right when you get to the edge. It’s simple mathematics. People now find their confidence in the fact that certain captured moments will be deleted within a socially acceptable time span which then gives them a chance to be “realer” than they would ever be on Instagram. It can be a good thing though; being real is all that is asked of a lot of us anyways.