Fact: 4 in every 10 people are *screenshotted at least once a day.

The other 6? Probably the culprits of the crime.

Every group of friends does it. Guys and gals alike. Don’t debate me. My group of friends from college drop about four to five pictures in our chat a day. And y’all, we CLOWN! Whether it be of foolish pictures from humorous people we follow, a bangin’ hairdo we’ve searched high and low for a hairstylist to attempt, or a car (or woman) that you nor your homies will ever have. Screenshots bring enjoyment. They save bored lives. It’s simply a way of life for us millennials.

 

One shutter of a phone can change your whole day. Your whole mood altered in the blink of an eye, literally. All in the power of one click. A screenshot (for those of you still living in the amazing, yet ancient 90s) is a gift sent from heaven. It is a feature on the phone that allows you to take a picture of whatever is being displayed  on your screen and it immediately saves it to your camera roll. Genius.

Oh, but it can also be the devil. You see, there’s a certain approach one must take to be considered an expert (or at least safe) in regards to screenshotting. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to the concept:

  • DO know the difference between good fun and messiness
    Screenshots of jokes and random things are okay. And let’s face it, we have all at least once taken a screenshot of a conversation with our current interest and something they texted us. Those are just as swell. But when your screenshot skills are perfected to cause drama and harm people, that is not okay. Rather childish, my friend.
  • DON’T have more screenshots in your camera roll than selfies and pics of friends and family
    I am guilty as charged. I tried to look in my camera roll for a picture I actually needed the other day, and I had to scroll through a plethora of screenshots just to get to my substance. Crazy! There is nothing wrong with having them, but be sure to not let it overpower your album. Take a second and clean out all the pictures that truly serve you no purpose. I guarantee you there are at least 3 you haven’t looked at since the day you *screenshotted it. Confession: I deleted 173 pictures last week. A good 100+ of them were screenshots.
  • DO keep some things to yourself.
    Once you post something on social media. It is for the world to see. No deletion or edit can change what was initially seen. With that, not everything should be on your social media accounts anyway. If you ever have to hesitate it being screenshotted by someone, then do not post. You can’t be upset if that is the door you opened.
  • DON’T send a screenshot to the wrong person!
    Never. Ever. Ever. Speaking from experience here, people. Trust me. There is nothing worse than having to send the “wrong person” text to someone Lol!

Today’s Keyword: chary (adj.): cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something.

I’m sure the screenshot feature was not created for the purposes people often times use them for; therefore, be cautious about things you say and do. It doesn’t take much to entertain our generation these days, so try your best to stay clear of being the joke. Avoid giving people something to talk about (haters will forever hate, though). Be careful who you’re getting at in DMs because with screenshots, the proof is forever in the pudding.

Shots galore,

Ki.

*These are not real words, but I’m sure by 2020 they will be in the updated dictionary. You heard it here first.

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    June 22, 2016

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