A daily routine of mine is to log onto my Snapchat and watch all my friends’ “stories.” (For those new to Snapchat, “Stories” is the video equivalent of Facebook’s “newsfeed.”) However, I tried something new the other weekend and pressed the New York “story” to see what other people in my neighborhood were up to. Surprisingly, New Yorkers find a lot of healthy activities to do outside, even in the concrete jungle. Here’s some screenshots of what I saw in about 30 seconds of Snaps…
Free Zumba classes were being held:
Rockefeller plaza was closed off for swing dancing:
4th avenue was filled with bikers and skateboarders:
Turns out New Yorkers love the outdoors and find very creative ways to spend time outside in a city with very little open space. Amazingly, Snapchat (notorious for vapid, meaningless photo messages) was the medium that showed me some new activities that appeal to the local population that I otherwise wouldn’t have thought of. If I gleaned this information with just 30 seconds of time, I imagine Snapchat could be a great tool for anyone interested in learning more about the habits and activities of a local population.