Most of you know what Snapchat is, but not many know the benefits of using such a fun and interactive app. Although it serves as a safe environment for sending and receiving temporary information like photos, messages, and videos, it’s also a way for people to grow closer.
Even though the snaps can disappear in as short as 3 seconds or as long as 24 hours, couples can still use the app to communicate with each other on a deeper level. Photos may disappear and videos may never be watched again, but the effects will resonate with each user after each and every snap.
When Snapchat first came out, millennials were the first to subscribe to its crazy and innovative concept. People could post photos and videos without fearing that their information would get lost in the sea of viewers. If you used Snapchat, you would always know who saw your snaps and who was brave enough to take a screenshot of your stories and messages.
Couples can take advantage of these features, not just to send naughty pics, but also so they can grow closer with their partners. Why? Because as it turns out, Snapchat can be a helpful communication tool for couples.
We’re not talking about filtered Instagram posts or orchestrated Facebook statuses. We’re talking about real-time, honest messages that can be sent through one of the most interesting apps out there today. Now, here are some tips that couples can use to make their relationship more awesome.
#1 Use the app for random conversations. Important messages need to be archived and saved in computers and phones, but random conversations would be better off in an app like Snapchat. The problem with conventional messaging apps is that people are less inclined to read conversations, especially when they know it’s just sitting there waiting.
At least with Snapchat, there’s a 10-second period that requires a person to read the snap before it disappears forever. Talk about deadlines! [Read: How to keep a conversation going with the opposite sex]
#2 Send your partner a photo using any of the cute and funny lenses. Snapchat releases a new lens for their camera everyday. These lenses are either designed to be funny, cute, or scary. Either way, capturing a selfie using the lens will offer tons of entertaining photos for you and your partner on a daily basis. And let’s admit it. Who wouldn’t want to use the puppy dog lens over and over again, right?
#3 Filter your photos using emojis. Research shows that people who use emojis have better relationships. Imagine how much your relationship would improve if you started sending photos or selfies with emojis! Take a picture or video using Snapchat and add an emoji while you edit. [Read: Funny emojis couples need to use more often]
#4 Use Snapchat instead of Facebook or Instagram when killing time with your partner. When you and your partner are waiting for the bus or killing time while your food is being prepared, you can use Snapchat instead of other social media apps.
Depending on how many followers you have, Snapchat doesn’t suck you in for long periods of time the way other apps do. You’ll be done looking at your friends’ stories in as little as two minutes, which gives you more time to talk to your partner because there isn’t an endless list of posts waiting to be perused. [Read: Why social media is killing your relationship]
#5 Send your partner sexy snaps – very carefully. Of course you’re going to use Snapchat for this. It was practically invented for this very purpose! We’re kidding, but this will serve as a way for you and your partner to spice things up when you’re not together. Just make sure that you’re not posting the snap on your story. Triple check it every time, lest you send a sexy snap to everyone or *gasp* your mother. [Read: How to keep your naked photo safe!]
#6 Use the app for sexting. If you’re still reluctant to send photos or videos, you can always sext using the snap’s messaging feature. The messages will disappear after 24 hours, but you can still rest assured knowing that none of your friends or family will accidentally open your phone and find your kinky messages. [Read: Should you sext? Studies show why you should start now!]
#7 Change your name to a sweet message for your partner. Snapchat allows you to change your display name to whatever you want. Change your name to a short and sweet message for your partner so that the next time they check their story feed, they’ll know that your username is meant just for them.
#8 Send snaps of existing stories. If you and your partner start getting tired of sending each other random snaps, you can always use other people’s snaps. Take a screenshot of an interesting photo and send it through a personal message. Snapchat even has a feature with exclusive content from different online outlets like Buzzfeed, IGN, and Tastemade. Funny stuff, food, and videogames – what else is there to talk about?
#9 Share your moments with your friends and loved ones. Use Snapchat to document special occasions and dates and post them on your story. You can always save the photos, but at least this way, you don’t have to choose which photos to post. Snapchat is all about live updates. Of course, you can do this with other apps, but Snapchat is a safe haven where people are not judged on the volume of photos they post. [Read: 8 annoying social media users that make you wanna scream]
#10 Save your snaps and turn them into a printed Snapchat album. An album like this is centered on a theme, which is what albums should be. You have your Valentine’s album, your Christmas album, your random concert album – why not a Snapchat album? Using exclusive Snapchat filters and lenses, you can create an album with unlimited possibilities. Need a photo with a huge emoji? You got it! Need to throw up some rainbows? Snapchat has you covered.
#11 Face swap with your partner for a few laughs. I’ve seen adorable face swaps, scary face swaps, and even weird ones, but almost all of them will end up being funny. Keep a few face swap photos for the memories so you can look at them whenever you guys are fighting or if either of you are having a bad day. [Read: 8 ways to avoid the awkward tension after an argument]
#12 Send your partner random videos of your day. Nothing beats a photo like a video can. The best part about Snapchat videos is that you can add lenses and filters. Sending Snapchat videos seems like a normal thing to do, but sending a nonsensical video of your day is still sort of entertaining. Who knows? You might get some great footage of someone slipping on a banana peel. That never happens in real life, right?
#13 Use Snapchat to send your partner a legit #iwokeuplikethis snap. Show your partner your true self and they will fall in love with you forever. Of course, if they break up with you after, they were never good for you to begin with. This is what people call “relationship goals,” and it’s a great milestone for any relationship. The best part is that Snapchat will alert you if your partner took a screenshot, and if not, it will forever be erased from existence. [Read: 14 signs you’re getting too comfortable with each other]
Are you ready to level up your relationship using Snapchat? Try it for yourselves and tell us how it goes in the comments below.
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