Snapchat just made it harder for teens to see who likes whom

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Snapchat‘s latest app update made several changes, the most notable of which was the new Discover function, which helps #brands reach the #teen audience with snippets of disappearing video. But with this update, Snapchat has also ditched the “Best Friends” feature, which showed a user’s three most-snapped friends.

Old Snapchat "Best Friends" feature

Old Snapchat “Best Friends” feature

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Teens—Snapchat’s target users—have reacted with mixed emotions when it comes to this particular update. 

It’s no secret that a big part of Snapchat is the NSFW conversations it facilitates. But beyond the typical sexting that couples are wont to do, snaps’ disappearing nature also makes them ideal for people engaging in a covert relationship. The “Best Friends” feature was the one counterweight to this, as it allowed significant others and friends to see if someone was stepping out—or snapping out—on their bae. For this reason, Discover aside, Snapchat’s latest update is mostly benefiting shady teens. 

The new Snapchat profile page.

The new Snapchat profile page.

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A 17-year-old teenager from Virginia who requested anonymity told the Daily Dot that “Best Friends” had yet another purpose, one that helped explain teens’ displeasure with the update.

“The top friends feature was used among teens to find out who would be dating soon,” he said. “I know a few guys who were like, ‘Yeah, I had been snapchatting her a lot but I didn’t even beat X in her top friends so I bet she’s more interested in him.’”

Now, these teens are back to square one, forced to rely solely on Instagram likes and Yik Yak posts to learn who’s sweet on them.

“It’s a shame,” our teen source added, “because snapchat top friends was *the* metric used for relationship prospects.”

How will teens find out if they have secret admirers now? The struggle of teen life continues.

Update 6pm, Jan. 27: Teens: Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel hears you.

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Marisa Kabas

Marisa Kabas

Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.