Snapchat is close to being Gen Zs’ favorite social media platform today, and many positive contributing factors are behind it. However, at the root of it, it’s natural to wonder if the biggest reason it’s popular is that it’s addictive beyond all reason. After all, we all know that if something is addictive enough, it doesn’t matter how good it is quality-wise after a point. Take, for instance, Facebook or TV shows. Many people claim that they don’t like Riverdale or Gossip Girl, and we believe them. There’s nothing particularly useful or knowledgeable one can learn from these.
However, they cannot seem to be able to let go of it. They state that it’s “just so addictive” that they don’t want to stop. So, if this is common, it’s only natural for users to wonder if Snapchat is also building on people’s tendency to get addicted instead of working on quality.
First, it’s not a particularly good feeling to realize you’re addicted to something. Sure, it might be fun for a while when you’re indulging in that addiction, but at the end of the day, you know what’s happening.
The good news is that nothing on Snapchat gets the masses addicted to it. At least, not any more than other social media platforms or modes of entertainment, like video games. Although streaks might feel a bit like an addiction, it only feels that way because the concept in itself seems a bit obsessive. If you quit Snapchat, you’ll barely miss it for a week.
But, of course, addiction works differently for different people. If you feel like using the platform has a negative mental effect on you, the best course of action is to quit while you can still confront and control it.
Today’s blog will discuss if your streak will break if the other person doesn’t open your snap and respond to it.
Will the Streak Stay Alive if Other Person Don’t Reply or Open it?
Snapstreaks are one of the most entertaining and engaging features on Snapchat; it’s always hard when one of our streaks dies. So, it’s natural to wonder if a streak will break when the other person doesn’t open it and/or doesn’t respond to it.
The answer is yes; your streak will survive if the other person doesn’t open it as long as they send you a snap within 24 hours. To maintain a streak, all that matters is that both users send each other a snap every 24 hours. Whether or not the users see it or reply to it is of no concern whatsoever.
We know it’s just so confusing, isn’t it? But you don’t worry; we’re here to help you out, and that’s what we’ll do.
Today, we’ll discuss what streaks are, how they work, how to create one, and if it’s really worth your time.
What’s a snapstreak?
Almost every Snapchat user has to have at least three streaks with their friends, and we get the appeal. It’s fun, and you get to show everyone how close you and your friend are, right?
When you and your friend send each other snaps every day for three days, a snapstreak will be created. Now, to maintain it, all you need is to keep doing what you did to get it started: send and receive snaps!
A picture shared from your Snapchat memories does not count as a snap; it has to be an actual, in-the-moment snap. Making this mistake has cost a lot of people their snaps, which is not something we’d want for you to experience.
If either of you fails to send the other a snap within 24 hours, the streak will unfortunately break. But don’t worry; a few hours before your streak will end, Snapchat removes the snap emoji next to the user’s name and replaces it with an hourglass emoji.
If you’re close with this person, call them to remind them, but if you aren’t close enough for that, does that streak even matter? Just a glass-half-full way to look at things in case your streak is about to end.
Keep in mind that a broken streak cannot be retrieved in any way whatsoever, at least for now. Snapchat has this tendency to go back on features that brought it where it is today. In this instance, there’s apparently going to be an option on Snapchat soon where you can retrieve a streak with an in-app purchase.
Don’t forget to share your small milestones; a 50- or 100-day streak is a big deal, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Are snapstreaks worth your time?
No one except you can determine what’s worth your time. However, as a general rule, snapstreaks are not an entirely bad or negative idea for teenagers. Is it something great everyone should be doing, or else they’re missing out? Absolutely not. Will creating streaks be a bad influence, or is it stupid to do so? Not necessarily.
As we said, it’s not an addictive feature if you can control your screen time, usage, urges, and interests. There’s not anything remotely interesting about a streak; there’s no hard work in creating one, nor is it something special only some can do.
Anyone can create a streak, and all it takes is time to build one. So, if you can see the big picture and understand just how inconsequential it is, you won’t ever have to worry about addiction. You can make your friends happy and be satisfied with that little number without actually caring about it. All it takes is some self-control and mindfulness.
If you ever feel like you’re getting addicted to it, that’s good! Realization is the first step; now you’re aware and ready to deal with the issue hands-on.
Firstly, you need to delete or at least deactivate your Snapchat account for the time being. Then, you can journal and write down how you feel. By the end of a few weeks at most, you’ll realize how truly insignificant this whole incident was. You can also take up a hobby and learn something actually productive, useful, and fun!
Snapchat is a cool platform to keep up with your friends without having to dedicate much time to it. All you need is to open the Snapchat app once a day for five minutes, take a picture of something interesting, and send it to them.
Yes, you got that right. You don’t even need to see or respond to their snap if you don’t have time. A streak is only dependent on sending and receiving, not responding and opening.
Streaks are fun, but are they really a good thing? Well, if you see it, like it, and want to try it, go right ahead. All you need to keep in mind is that it’s an insignificant and irrelevant action in your everyday life. It’s basically useless, and you’ll live just fine without having a Snapchat streak.
Lastly, we’ve discussed a few coping mechanisms and fixes for Snapchat addiction. If you’ve still got any questions about Snapchat streaks, do let us know; we promise we will open the comments AND respond!