With all the negative backlash that social media gets, can you believe that there is actually a Social Media app that is proven to help boost happiness? Can you take a wild guess just what app that might be?
Hopefully, you guessed right…. SNAPCHAT!!
As most of you reading this post are already aware of the app called Snapchat, for anyone else here is a little background.
Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive disappearing pictures and videos to people on your friends’ list. The Snapchat idea came about in 2011 and was founded by Bobby Murphy, Evan Spiegel, and Reggie Brown. It was originally named Pictaboo and later on, the name changed to Snapchat. A year later after it was developed, Snapchat grew to 100,000 users and currently has 150 million daily active users globally.
Now we come to the question….How can this app really boost my happiness??
Well…researchers at the University of Michigan did a survey where they observed social media habits of 154 students over a two-week period and interviewed them about their moods and measured how they think and feel in real time. In their findings, Snapchat was associated with more positive emotions and produced the most enjoyable interactions than other social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
So, what exactly makes Snapchat enjoyable?
It was found that Snapchat users typically share smaller, spontaneous moments, which tend to be “self-presentational”. In other words, users are less concerned and have less anxiety about trying to post the perfect photo, because Snapchat interactions are more about having fun.
Another Benefit is that Snapchat picture or video can only be viewed for a limited period of time, whereas on other social media networks, the picture is more likely to be there forever. So, with Snapchat there is less obsessing over what you post or how many likes and comments you may receive.
Now to get to the good stuff…
In order to get the most fun, the most enjoyment and to boost your happiness with Snapchat, you should use the most populate Snapchat feature called lenses. The lenses option allows you to apply special effects over an image to distort your appearance. Lenses can transform your face into a dog or animal, face swap with a friend, make it appear that you are vomiting rainbows or make it look like you are riding a bike with ET in the front basket.
I have 5 easy steps to follow on how to use the lenses to have fun when using Snapchat.
- Go to the Camera screen in Snapchat.
- Tap on a face. Lens options will appear below.
- Swipe left to select the Lens you want to use.
- Follow any action prompts that appear, like “Raise your eyebrows”
- Tap the capture button to take a Snap or press and hold to record a video.
I hope everyone takes advantage of the lenses feature and using Snapchat to help boost your happiness. If you would like to brighten up my day by sending me a snap or want to talk about other ways to boost your mood feel free to add me on my snap @Ritta_Ritta