Outstretched arms, unnatural facial expressions, and complete lack of social awareness. All the symptoms are here for Snapchat Blindness (SCB). This recently discovered disease is taking universities by storm and Texas A&M is no exception. As a result of the instant photo sharing application, students everywhere have been running into objects, people, and worse.
We recently talked to a student whose snapchat blindness cost him his future. At the request of the student, his name will remain anonymous (he still refuses to tell his parents).
The student, a freshman, was headed down Military Walk after grabbing dinner at Sbisa with his friends.
“As usual, I began taking a snapchat to share with my pals, when something terrible happened. And no, it’s not my snapchat score. Just as I snapped the picture, something in the photo caught my eye. I looked closer, glanced at the ground and realized I was standing in the center of the Military Walk Seal,” said the student.
“I’m a third generation Aggie so I knew what it meant right away. Walking on the seal means I will never graduate,” he said.
He asked that we share his story so that others may take heed and not be forced to spend a life taking classes, working hard, while being unable to graduate.
This terrible disease can lead to all sorts of afflictions including tripping, slowed movement, and most commonly, running into objects directly in front of you. Everywhere you look, students are crashing into objects and one another, all blinded by their attempt to take yet another snapchat.
This is why we need your help. You can stop this. Most experts recommend, in order to prevent snapchat blindness (SCB), that students not use the app while in motion or in public.
If SCB has affected a friend or a loved one, please ask them to do the same. Use kind language and suggestions such as, “Look out!” or “WTH are you doing with your face?” Anything to keep them from becoming another victim of this cruel disease.
It is up to you to make a difference. It is up to you to save Texas A&M.
-A Midsummer Night’s Yell