If You Didn’t Snap It, Did it even Happen?
November 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

If You Didn’t Snap It, Did it even Happen?

Thanks to the omnipresence of social media, some people cannot distance themselves from their phone and refrain from documenting every minute detail of their lives. We have immersed ourselves in this “snap or it didn’t happen” culture. This trend has been further exacerbated by apps such as Instagram and Snapchat which revolve around photo sharing. Some people thrive on ascertaining how other people live their lives, unaware and uncaring whether or not they are delving a little too deep.

Living In The Moment

Sometimes people forget to simply live in the moment instead of living it through a lens or phone screen. There’s nothing quite as deflating as seeing concert goers experience the concert through their phone. It should be enjoyed in the moment. Experiences that are fleeting should be relished in real time. Yes, sometimes a picture is a nice memory to have but thirty pictures that you most likely will upload on Facebook and never look at again just takes away from the moment.

The Snapchat Culture

Snapchat is notorious for providing users with the most simplistic form of photo sharing. Snapchat is also the culprit for the majority of inappropriate pictures witnessed by the masses. There is no apparent rationale for this abundance of photographic evidence. Admittedly it can occasionally be funny to take a snap of friends busting ridiculous dance moves and record their hilarious ramblings but this is not what I am addressing. My concern lies within the reasoning behind taking pictures of friends or strangers that have clearly drank too much and need someone to intervene in a beneficial manner. Instead of taking inappropriate photos of people falling, getting sick or putting themselves in dangerous situations, use that phone to call a taxi and a sober companion to aid their journey home.

Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Would you prefer to have people taking pictures and videos of you after consuming one too many or would you want them to help sober you up and get home safely?

Post With Discretion

Take a few nice pictures that won’t fill you with shame or guilt when you look back on them in the future. Photographs capture the moment, the atmosphere. Don’t just use the camera in a scenario where the atmosphere or subject matter is unsavoury. If you are still susceptible to taking more than a selfie or two on a night out, just remember to post with discretion.

Words of advice: before you post a snap of your friend on Facebook or Snapchat, ask yourself: “Would I be okay if a picture like this was uploaded for my friends, family, co-workers to see?” Ask for consent when documenting the shenanigans during nights out or at least before uploading it online for the world to see.

Quick Index of Things That Do Not Need to be Photographed and Shared

  1. Documenting Food

Nobody wants to see every meal that you’re eating. Sometimes a plate of food can look particularly attractive and a quick pic seems necessary but sharing pictures of each meal can become quite irksome for some of your social media followers. There are only so many angles of a latte that you can take a picture of; at the end of the day it’s a cup of coffee.

  1. Pre or Post Workout Selfies

Why is this even a thing? Improved health and strength clearly isn’t enough reward for sweating it out at the gym so now this trend of taking selfies has spread like wildfire. Unless it is a progress picture, there is no need to share your fifth consecutive sweaty selfie on social media.

  1. Airport Pictures

Airport and passport photos should not exist. The world knows what these things look like. It’s understandable that you want to inform your social media following that you are going abroad but let’s face it, there will be far more pictures uploaded subsequent to this. It’s safe to say that your Facebook friends will understand you are no longer in the country judging from the selfie you took with a camel in the sand dunes.

  1. 300 seconds worth of dodgy concert videos on Snapchat

Whether it’s a music festival or concert, videos are almost inevitable on Snapchat. One or two snaps of the concert is tolerable but when you attempt to record the entire set-list on your phone you are guaranteed to tick off more than a few of fellow Snapchatters. Refrain from the blurry, loud videos with your clearly distinguishable voice wailing a barely recognisable song in the background.

 

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If You Didn’t Snap It, Did it even Happen?
November 16, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

If You Didn’t Snap It, Did it even Happen?

Thanks to the omnipresence of social media, some people cannot distance themselves from their phone and refrain from documenting every minute detail of their lives. We have immersed ourselves in this “snap or it didn’t happen” culture. This trend has been further exacerbated by apps such as Instagram and Snapchat which revolve around photo sharing. Some people thrive on ascertaining how other people live their lives, unaware and uncaring whether or not they are delving a little too deep.

Living In The Moment

Sometimes people forget to simply live in the moment instead of living it through a lens or phone screen. There’s nothing quite as deflating as seeing concert goers experience the concert through their phone. It should be enjoyed in the moment. Experiences that are fleeting should be relished in real time. Yes, sometimes a picture is a nice memory to have but thirty pictures that you most likely will upload on Facebook and never look at again just takes away from the moment.

The Snapchat Culture

Snapchat is notorious for providing users with the most simplistic form of photo sharing. Snapchat is also the culprit for the majority of inappropriate pictures witnessed by the masses. There is no apparent rationale for this abundance of photographic evidence. Admittedly it can occasionally be funny to take a snap of friends busting ridiculous dance moves and record their hilarious ramblings but this is not what I am addressing. My concern lies within the reasoning behind taking pictures of friends or strangers that have clearly drank too much and need someone to intervene in a beneficial manner. Instead of taking inappropriate photos of people falling, getting sick or putting themselves in dangerous situations, use that phone to call a taxi and a sober companion to aid their journey home.

Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Would you prefer to have people taking pictures and videos of you after consuming one too many or would you want them to help sober you up and get home safely?

Post With Discretion

Take a few nice pictures that won’t fill you with shame or guilt when you look back on them in the future. Photographs capture the moment, the atmosphere. Don’t just use the camera in a scenario where the atmosphere or subject matter is unsavoury. If you are still susceptible to taking more than a selfie or two on a night out, just remember to post with discretion.

Words of advice: before you post a snap of your friend on Facebook or Snapchat, ask yourself: “Would I be okay if a picture like this was uploaded for my friends, family, co-workers to see?” Ask for consent when documenting the shenanigans during nights out or at least before uploading it online for the world to see.

Quick Index of Things That Do Not Need to be Photographed and Shared

  1. Documenting Food

Nobody wants to see every meal that you’re eating. Sometimes a plate of food can look particularly attractive and a quick pic seems necessary but sharing pictures of each meal can become quite irksome for some of your social media followers. There are only so many angles of a latte that you can take a picture of; at the end of the day it’s a cup of coffee.

  1. Pre or Post Workout Selfies

Why is this even a thing? Improved health and strength clearly isn’t enough reward for sweating it out at the gym so now this trend of taking selfies has spread like wildfire. Unless it is a progress picture, there is no need to share your fifth consecutive sweaty selfie on social media.

  1. Airport Pictures

Airport and passport photos should not exist. The world knows what these things look like. It’s understandable that you want to inform your social media following that you are going abroad but let’s face it, there will be far more pictures uploaded subsequent to this. It’s safe to say that your Facebook friends will understand you are no longer in the country judging from the selfie you took with a camel in the sand dunes.

  1. 300 seconds worth of dodgy concert videos on Snapchat

Whether it’s a music festival or concert, videos are almost inevitable on Snapchat. One or two snaps of the concert is tolerable but when you attempt to record the entire set-list on your phone you are guaranteed to tick off more than a few of fellow Snapchatters. Refrain from the blurry, loud videos with your clearly distinguishable voice wailing a barely recognisable song in the background.

 

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