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19 Typical Snapchats People Send & What They Actually Mean

by Ashley Fern

Snapchat is probably the best app out there right now, closely tied with Instagram. It allows you to send your friends absolutely bonkers pictures of yourself while safely knowing they have disappeared — and if they haven't and your friend screenshots them, you'll be fully aware and can react accordingly. Of course, with this app, there is usually an ulterior motive to sending pics, and there are a handful of typical Snapchats everyone sends, including the subtle brag, the cry for sympathy, and the pic show you're just having a really, really good hair day (which everyone knows is a perfect excuse to take 50+ photos and send them worldwide).

When you think about it, doesn't everything on Snapchat kind of have an ulterior motive? I mean, even when you're sending that ugly-face selfie to your bestie, aren't you sending it to get her attention, or to let her know you're thinking about her? Not to get all philosophical on you, but nobody is innocent in the game that is called Snapchat

So what are your Snap buddies really trying to tell you when they send you a snap? Obviously, it is not just what it looks like on the surface...


1. The Hungover Snap

You woke up with your lights on and in your outfit from the night before; there may or may not be an empty pizza box next to you in bed.

When someone says they're hungover on Snapchat, they're probably just trying to show that they can still look good after a night out, despite whatever sh*t they got into the night before.

2. The "I Just Spent All Of This Money I Don't Have" Snap

"Hey, I know I've been complaining about how broke I've been for the past two weeks, but you know I can't resist a good sale!!"

So, I guess you aren't as broke as you claim? Well, that's the quickest way to prevent any future sympathy from me.

3. The "Look At My Pimple" Snap

People who send you these snaps are real ones who trust you, so don't let them go. In my opinion, the best time to send one of these snaps is when you have multiple blemishes across your face, so you can use the drawing tool to connect the dots. Does anyone else do this? No? That's awkward...

4. The "I Just Hooked Up" Snap

I hope your bedfellow doesn't catch you taking this picture. And if they do please don't pose together for all the world to see.

5. The "Who Is This In My Bed?" Snap

Well, good for you; you had a sleepover! Thank you so much for rubbing it in the face of everyone who wants to get laid.

6. The "I Woke Up Like This" Snap

You are still rocking last night's makeup, so technically you look #flawless. Is this something you think everyone needs to see? Probably not, but that doesn't stop you from sending it.

7. The "WTF Is Going On Right Now?" Snap

The person sending this might be showing off some wacky, fun situation they've gotten into. Or, they really have no idea what's happening and are genuinely asking their recipients for help figuring it out.

8. The "Family Time" Snap

"Everyone look at how great of a person I am; I spend my free time with my family!" 

Way to make everyone who is currently nursing a hangover alone feel awful about themselves.

9. The "Feast" Snap

Food pics have been around pretty much as long as cameras have. If you're seeing a yummy-looking meal on Snapchat, it's probably because it's now pretty much second-nature for a smartphone user to document all their meals.

10. The "I Know I Look Great" Snap

Your Snapchat friend is feeling themself, and wants to be gassed up accordingly.

11. The "I Live In A Better City Than You" Snap

Congratulations, you live in New York, London, or somewhere else exciting. The fact that you can use a filter that displays your city across it really comes in handy at a time like this.

12. The "Look How Fit I Look At This Angle" Snap

Probably taken at the gym, this Snapchat is all about showing off the bod. Hey, at least they're honest about it!

13. The "#ClubLife" Snap

Wow. A Snapchat at a club — I've never seen one before in my life. The sender is probably genuinely excited to be there... or they want to make a specific someone jealous.

14. The "Mysterious Leg Bruise" Snap

Certain people love showing off how hard they can go. I'm not sure a bruise is something to be proud of, but that doesn't stop the snaps from being sent.


15. The "I'm Up Late" Snap

That time filter really comes in handy when you are trying to show off the fact that you were out partying (or up studying) until 4 or 5 a.m. I'll watch it from my bed, thank you very much.

16. The "Hair Flip" Snap

Everyone knows that when your hair looks perfect, you want every person you've ever encountered in her entire life to see it. I know how hard it can be to get your hairstyle just right, so when it does look good, this behavior is completely acceptable and, honestly, encouraged.

17. The "Silly" Snap

When you get a picture that's been doodled all over, you know the person who sent it was having a good time.

18. The "Kylie Jenner Lips" Snap

Yes, the pouty lip has been around for a while now, but it's still a very popular selfie pose when you want to look seductive.

19. The "Look At My S.O." Snap

It may seem sweet to you, but for others, a pic of you and bae could come across as a subtle brag. But honestly, it's your Snapchat, so do you.