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The brilliance of Snapchat is its capability to be in a digital social space where one has no fears of being found out. Most popular amongst ages 13-25, Snapchat is an app only made for mobile phones, with bills paid by parents. But why is this app more valuable to the most connected facet of American culture?
If you happen to personally know any millennials, the fact that this app tops Twitter comes as no surprise. 18-34 year olds have proven to keep their mobile phones within arms reach at all times. They open their phones and their apps much like meth addicts scratch their noses.
But more to the point, Snapchat has not only proven to provide a quick dose of attention, it has also proven to further the illusion that the user is the center of the world. Millennials like nothing more than thinking of their social appearances, and Snapchat is the technology that makes them feel as though they are the center of the universe.
Snapchat has a few features that distinguish it from Twitter—firstly it is ephemeral, allowing the impulsive and distracted minds of millennials to act without thought—the impermanence of the content they share exists consequences or records, allowing for that content to be any variable of something their mother would not wish to see.
The next advantage that Snapchat has over Twitter is that it allows you to choose your audience, your crush, or your clique, allowing you to entertain and be entertained in many social circles and to extend your local into the digital social. On Snapchat, you have to know exact user names in order to find users and in many cases have to actually know the people you are chatting with.
Twitter is also constant updates that evoke conversation, but users often follow people and celebrities who carry significant social clout, real authority or wit. Most Snapchats are 10 seconds of, at best, banal material. If you look at Google images of Snapchat, you start to get an idea of the raunchy content being shared (Naughties, Screenshot Leaked, etc.) Millennials aren’t looking for another platform to interact with real issues, they are looking to be constantly updated with bits of things they and their friends find funny, raunchy, or sexy.