Sure, they can screengrab whatever you send them, but only a pervert would screengrab Snap Chat and, anyway, the app alerts you if they have.Making it up to you to either text them furiously, or swing into their flat, Mission Impossible-style and wrestle said phone from their sleeping grasp.You cannot enrol your friends as amateur psychologists to try and unpick what was meant by a photo of someone’s glistening torso and the message “I’m really sweaty.” It just means that they’re sweaty. To turn Snap Chat flirting into real life flirting is a little like turning a recipe into a dinner party – easier said than done.
Out jogging, on trains, in bed, attending boring meetings – there is no situation that cannot, at the touch of a screen, become an opportunity for a little light flirting. The brevity of message and fleeting nature of the photograph means that you cannot sit around analysing Snap Chats.
These aren’t text messages or, worse still, emails.
According to some business reports, 18% of American i Phone users use Snap Chat and its popularity is certainly on the rise in Britain.
Like Facebook and Twitter before it, it’s only a matter of time before your boss, sister or – god forbid – mother jumps on the bandwagon.
But you can see why Snap Chat is so popular with a certain young, single, professional demographic.
A private, self-deleting photo that you can send to a crush of your choice, safe in the knowledge that it will vanish (hopefully forever) in up to 10 seconds? How long the recipient can see the photo is up to you, as are any messages, the orientation and any accompanying scribbles.
I’ve had snaps of women in the bath and men in their pants.
I’ve received snaps telling me I’m lovely and sent snaps telling others that I’m wet (in my defence, I had just cycled through a rain storm).
Where Snap Chat has succeeded – and where decades of American dating culture, singles nights, speed-dating and webcams have failed - is in letting anyone with an Android or i Phone flirt outrageously with someone they’d probably still be too scared to smile at in the lift.