Are you too old for Snapchat?

"Am I too old for Snapchat?" might be a question you are asking yourself if you fall outside of the 18 - 34 age bracket commonly known as Millennials. In short, NO, you are not to old for Snapchat and here is why.

Millennials are all about social media, and Snapchat appears to be the latest craze. For those of you who aren't fluent in 'Snapchatting,' it's an app used to send pictures and videos that last for a max of 10 seconds once received and opened-- the exact length is determined by the sender. A Snapchat 'story' is a series of videos and pictures shared to your followers that lives on a home feed for 24 hours. 

However, Snapchat has become a lot more than simply sending and receiving pictures and videos. Users have the ability to document their entire lives. The concept may be harrowing for those who are unaccustomed to taking "selfies" or even using a cell phone camera small, but if your age is the only thing keeping you from downloading Snapchat, you might want to reconsider your decision.

“I can barely text! How am I supposed to figure out Snapchat?” Apps like Snapchat understandably come more naturally to those born after the days of cassette tapes and VHS, but it doesn’t mean that everyone else is incapable of learning how to use new technology.

While the thought of learning a yet new app might seem unexciting, considering the large amount of time already invested in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Snapchat offers unique features unavailable on other social media platforms.

For one, Snapchat isn’t built around a news feed. The primary interfaces for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are designed around a news feed that is regularly updated when the users you are following post new content. One of Snapchat’s interfaces showcases your friend’s Snapchat “stories” in a feed-like format, but the “home screen” resembles an email mailbox rather than a news feed.

If you wish to remain unbothered by your friends Snaps that have been not directly sent to you, simply never swipe right to reach the stories interface. If it suits your fancy, you never need to post or watch a Snapchat story; you can remain in your own little cyber bubble and use Snapchat solely to send or directly receive Snapchats.

But to be honest -- half the fun of Snapchat is posting pictures and videos to your Snapchat story! Because Snapchat doesn’t show your friends your story unless they physically tap it to watch. Therefor, you don’t feel like you are bothering your friends by posting stories frequently.

You also have the ability to save your stories on your phone in order to watch them beyond the 24 hours after which they expire. Your closest friends can watch your story regularly to stay in-the-know about your life when they might not get a chance to speak to you often.

To answer your question, you are not too old for Snapchat! In fact, you may be the perfect age for Snapchat. You'll never know if you don't try it.

FOX 5 DC is on Snapchat if you're a Snapchatter, or are trying out the app for the first time-- snap us!  Our snapchat name is fox5dc.

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