Two days ago I posted on my blog about the increasing popularity of Snapchat and its influence on our creative minds. Surprisingly enough, Snapchat has promoted individuals to foster their on imagination and create amazing pictures. Snaps to you Snapchat!

However, Snapchat is now also influencing relationships and how we communicate with other people…especially those we are attracted to.

Just recently MTV’s research and marketing team introduced a new study which suggested that Snapchat is now influencing the way young adults interact with one another, especially when expressing romantic feelings. They call it “Snapchat-iquette” and stated that Snapchat users have created their own set of conventions centering around the proper way to use Snapchat.

Here are some of the do’s and do not’s of Snapchat that MTV provided:
1.Snapchat your crush first, text later. A group Snapchat is often an ice-breaker to one-on-one Snapchats, which are icebreakers to texting (where more “real” conversation happens). “It’s kind-of weird to text someone random, but you can Snapchat someone random and it’s seen as friendly,” Ellen, 19, explained.
2.Selfies are best if they are raw, funny and awkward … unless to your crush. Millennials tell us about adjusting lighting, hair and makeup. Kayla, 17, says she used to spend eight minutes getting ready for a Snapchat to her now-boyfriend.
3.Don’t send too many Snaps in a day, especially to a crush. You’ll look stalkerish. One panelist capped it at “5 per day.”

As an avid Snapchat user, I can honestly say that these are as accurate as it gets. I would be lying if I said I never sent a Snapchat to a guy in order to try to get a conversation going. Heck, I have sent Snapchats to guys if they haven’t replied back to my text. Then I monitor when they open my Snapchat. If they opened it within minutes after I sent it, I know they saw my text and are just ignoring me. If they open the Snapchat several hours later, I can assume that they are too busy to text simply because they are too busy to open a 6 second Snapchat picture. Goodness, I can’t believe I just posted that technique of mine online for the world to see. Oh well, I am pretty sure I am not the only girl, or guy for that matter, who hasn’t done the same.

My point is though, Snapchat has altered the way we communicate with one another…and I fear it has especially influenced romantic relationships.

What ever happened to a male or female calling each other on the phone and simply having a verbal conversation? Forget that! Send a Snapchat instead…no need to waste your breath talking.

What ever happened to two people going out to dinner and getting to know one another face to face? Forget that! Send a Snapchat instead…no need to waste your money on food.

Shoot…what ever happened to just texting each other during the day? Forget that! Send a Snapchat instead…no need to waste your time typing at words.

It’s sad honestly, many young adults would claim that they know a person just simply based on their Snapchat exchanges. Snapchat, like other social applications, is changing the way our society interacts. The question remains though…is it for the better or for the worse?

Hmm…I wonder if we could get Janine Doherty to weigh in, she is the Snapchat queen!