How Snapchat Changed Cheating Forever

 

Exchanging explicit pictures has been around long before the introduction of technology, however, it was only since the early 2000s that smartphones elevated nude picture sharing to the mainstream.

It first began through texting, instant messaging and e-mailing. From then on, various apps were used for the purposes of sexting but none seemed to harness the modern phenomenon in any significant way. Then, in 2011, the phenomenon known as Snapchat came along and changed the game for everyone.

While not too dissimilar from other social media platforms at the time, Snapchat based on its premise on a simple idea: any pictures sent will disappear after a certain amount of time. Straight away, the sexual connotations are clear. The only types of images that you might wish to eventually vanish are ones which reveal something about the sender – in this case, their bodies.

Despite its reputation as a snap cheat app, Snapchat was never actually intended as such. Indeed, the very purpose of its creation was inspired by the inventor’s housemate saying that he wished his nudes would disappear after he sent them, but that was simply the seed that started it all. From that moment, Reggie Brown and Evan Spiegel ran with the idea of disappearing images and made it the basis for their upcoming social media platform.

Neither creator could quite believe how quickly their idea took off. Within a year, Snapchat had acquired almost two million users. It might sound like a tiny drop in the ocean compared to Facebook and Twitter at the time, but the social media market was already over-saturated and under-utilized.

It seems that Snapchat was in the right place at the right time. Constant interconnectivity meant that online interaction was fast becoming the primary way people were hooking up, which meant these people needed an online hub to take their sexting to the next level. This level would be sharing nudes.

There and then, one app stood out above the rest. An app that promised discretion and privacy like no other app on the market could. A safe place to share pictures without having to worry about them being stolen and shared elsewhere.

In 2013, Snapchat rose to the dizzying heights of social media supremacy alongside Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

As it became more popular, its reputation as a sexting platform grew and grew until it became the 150-million strong platform we know it as today. Not only is it the go-to place to share your intimate pictures with dates, fuck buddies and strangers, but it’s also the preferred destination of professional adult stars and sex workers to peddle their seductive wares. These days, it’s difficult to spend any amount of time on Snapchat and not come across the occasional nude – even when you’re not looking for them!

Whether you might think of it as good or bad, Snapchat has “normalized” sexting and done everything it can to strip away all of the negatives stigmas associated with it. Without Snapchat, sexting would obviously still be going on – but it would happen on platforms which didn’t offer Snapchat’s privacy-conscious gimmick.

Over its short lifespan, Snapchat has come under fire for its casual approach to sending and receiving explicit materials. However, it’s also been heavily praised for taking a modern approach to a cultural phenomenon. It’s difficult to say whether Snapchat has helped or hindered the sexting game, but there’s no denying that it’s changed the world forever.

3 Design Tips That You’ll Actually Use

Maybe you’re a seasoned design veteran, or perhaps you’re a complete newbie.  Whatever your case may be, there are some blatantly simple principles which everyone can use to design (and redesign) things for the modern age.

#1. Simplicity is your friend.

It seems like everybody someone wants to add a new feature or doodad.  From the c-suite to your developers, everyone wants to add some sort of bell or whistle that they personally find interesting (or at least find the idea interesting).  It’s well worth resisting adding features or anything extra just for the sake of adding it.  Instead, protect simplicity in your designs.  Simplicity is a competitive advantage, and you want to keep your design positioned to leverage this fact.

#2. Pick your colors wisely.

Everyone knows that colors are important, and play a big role in how users actually feel when they interact with a design, yet so many people still to this day get their color choices very wrong.  Probably the most misused color is pale or light yellow – which for someone reason people still use.  Studies have actually shown that rooms painted with these colors make babies cry, and using a pale or light yellow in your design should be avoided at all costs.

#3. Maintain consistency.

Consistency is important – not just in principle, but it adds a polished look and feel to your product.  A mismatch of styles, colors, and fonts creates an incongruent experience for users and makes the finished product look sloppy.  For example, make sure that if you use rounded corners, that the border radius is consistent across all elements.  If you use sharp corners – then don’t use rounded corners.  Apply this across your colors, fonts, materials, and design to make sure your product looks polished.

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5 Reasons Why Adults Should Stay Off Social Networks

The days of ‘The Facebook’ were great; no one’s mom or dad was on social media. A few years later, Twitter joined the scene and aunt Eustace wasn’t on there either.

It was bliss for all of us millennials and teens­ we could post what we wanted when we wanted.

Nowadays, we have to tailor our posts to make sure parents don’t see too much into it or that grandma doesn’t alert mom about a selfie we posted that had an alcoholic drink in the background.

Parents seriously don’t belong on social media. They ruin the whole “social” thing.

That being said, here are 5 reasons why you should delete social media apps that are on your parents’ phones.

#1: We can’t be ourselves with them watching from a corner. When mom wasn’t on Facebook (one of the main reasons why I deleted my account, actually) we could post about parties, share pictures, and basically talk about anything we chose.

We could be ourselves on social media when we had to restrain or censor ourselves in real life; social media was a great outlet to express ourselves.

If mom or dad is your friend on Facebook, your posts and profile as a whole will have to be G-rated and totally boring. That’s not why you joined social media.

#2: Everything they say is boring and no one cares what they think. L et’s face it; when you become a parent your life is toned down a bit, and for good reason.

If you have a kid you’re not going to be out at parties or clubs or concerts very often (if ever). Your social life is significantly altered, and almost eliminated entirely.

Parents don’t have that much to say on social media. If they have a profile or two, they barely even use it, so there’s no point in having an account.

If they have anything to say at all, it’s not too entertaining and frankly they won’t get many likes or retweets, if any.

Social media is for young people who interact with many people often, not a busy parent who is too exhausted at the end of the day to even hold their phone.

#3: None of their friends even use social media. A lot of our parents who are on social media don’t even interact with their friends; maybe they talk to an old college friend here and there, but that’s basically the extent of it.

If you’re not going to be that social on social media, leave social media.

#4: They don’t even understand most of it. My mom used to ask me all sorts questions about how to set up her profile or even when to post stuff. I don’t know, mom, just say whatever you want whenever you want; no one really cares.

They get confused a little but Facebook, but Twitter is a completely different animal, at least to them.

Character limits? What’s a tweet? What’s a retweet? Wait, what are DM’s again?

We easily understand all of this. They don’t. Parents just need to stick to what they know and leave the tech and social media up to us, people who comprehend it all.

#5: No one wants to see their selfies. Social media is chalk full of sexy selfies and snapchat sluts these days. Why? Because us young people are hot and want to show it all off.

Tired parents with bloodshot eyes aren’t the best selfie takers. We don’t want our Instagram feeds full of parents doing parent stuff; we want to see our young, attractive friends doing stuff young, attractive people do.

I’d way rather see a video of a friend jumping into a swimming hole than a mom or dad trimming the trees in the front yard.

Parents don’t really belong on social media. It’s for social, active people with plenty to share.

Leave it to us, parents, and don’t try to live vicariously through us on social media. It’s meant for all users to use to the fullest extent, not to be used by an inactive user with an egg for a profile pic.

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