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Guide to Snapchat for Confused 30-Somethings

Guide to Snapchat for Confused 30-Somethings

One of the benefits of paying $1,500 for a shared room in a San Francisco “startup house” is you get to live with a bunch of early 20-somethings and observe their obsession with Snapchat. It’s widely known that anyone above the age of 30 finds Snapchat baffling, not just for the concept it’s based on – disappearing messages – but because using the app itself is a mindboggling endeavor.

But the more I learned how these tots are using Snapchat, the more I appreciated its appeal and how innovative it is, even iconoclastic for a social media platform. First off, Snapchat flies in the face of everything us 30-somethings have come to expect from a social media app.