I’ve touched on this before, but I’ve never thought about quitting Snapchat until this evening. Why not? Well, I love Snapchat! I have a big group of people on Snapchat that I connect and engage with on a daily basis and I love that. Quite aside from that, I have a whole host of people whose snap stories I looooove watching (check out some of my favourites here, and the most life-changing here) – and, I admit, a few whose stories I hate watching, but watch all the same.
Without Snapchat, sure, I might get about five hours of my day back – but I’d also miss out on a distinctly human level of interaction that you just don’t get with any other type of social media. Twitter, Facebook, even Instagram – they don’t touch Snapchat when it comes to feeling a very real connection with other people.
Why am I considering quitting Snapchat, then?
I’m thinking about quitting Snapchat, honestly, for the exact same reason I don’t buy magazines any more: it’s making me buy things I do not need, from brands I don’t even like all that much.
The advent of Snapchat must honestly have been like marketers’ Christmas. Never before have we had such ready access to people we now call influencers; I have seen the inside of Suzanne Jackson‘s kitchen, and the line-up of shoes on Rosie Connolly‘s office wall. I know where Laura of Laura’s Views does her grocery shopping. For crying out loud – I could show you exactly which enormous mirror Hippenings‘ Laura Cunningham just installed in her living room.
I have been (hashtag) influenced by each and every one of these women – and more – to lay down my cold hard cash and purchase things that I absolutely 100% do not need (and, in some cases, things I barely like, that will never suit me). And, no matter how many times I do it, I just can’t seem to stop myself.
Repeat after me: one size does not fit all. Just because that neon pink jumper looks good on Laura does not mean it will look good on me. Case in point.
Here are just a few things I’ve bought… #easymark
Zara’s neon pink jumper, thanks to Laura Cunningham. I love it, but it does not love me – I bought a M (the largest size, fuck you Zara) and it’s just not fun and oversized. Sigh. It’s really warm and cosy, mind you!
Pic credit: Bang On Style
One of my dumber purchases was the Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera*. I’m going to do a full review to let you know exactly why it was an erroneous purchase (for me), but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t influenced fully by the plethora of snappers I saw with the very same model.
Pic credit: Kaitlin Fox
The L’Oréal Pure Clay Glow Mask – having seen Rebecca from Body Positive Ireland having loads of fun in the detox version. What was I thinking? Firstly, I have loads of masks – including Glam Glow, which I genuinely love – and do not need another. Secondly, I have just pledged to only buy from cruelty-free brands (more on which later), which L’Oréal, sadly, is not.
I bought this 3.1 Phillip Lim poodle sweatshirt* (or, rather, I demanded it as a gift from my very patient and very generous sister) when I saw Atlantic Pacific’s Blair (above) wearing hers. I mean, who could blame me? She made it look so damn cute. Unfortunately, on my wider, shorter, boobier body, it looked horrific. So, so very bad. It still makes me sad. It ended up in Siopaella, so I hope it brought joy to someone else.
Just yesterday, I bought the Zoeva Vegan Prime Professional Brush Set*. Thankfully, this one is cruelty-free, but that didn’t make it any more necessary. The truth is, I have a whole host of make-up brushes. Have some of them seen better days? Most definitely. Do I need to replace those? Absolutely. Do I need to replace those with a full brush set that set me back £75? Er, that would be a no.
Am I quitting Snapchat or not?
For right now, I think the pros outweigh the cons(umerism). But that could all change if I find myself blowing a cool €3K on a lambskin Chanel bag I disagree with on a moral and ethical level, or filling my cupboards full of face masks I don’t need. For now, I think my “I need to have what she has!” tendencies are more or less under control – and, while I can still manage them, I’ll stay strong.
But once I find myself going without my daily five coffees for the sake of buying something I saw on a snapper, well, it might be time to say goodbye to the ghost.
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