I’m a student at the University of South Carolina, and as someone constantly using her phone, I thought it might be interesting to share the Top 5 Apps on our campus. It’s no secret that campuses are fairly isolated from the rest of the world – and so I think our usage of apps might be different than someone that’s on a different campus, or who has since left the college scene. So here they are, in no particular order:
Instagram—Every picture looks better with LoFi…. Well maybe not EVERY picture. Instagram makes everyone an artist and is here to stay. The only word to the wise is caution against overuse. Your 18 pictures of your Styrofoam cup of tea have far less impact on your followers if you post all of them and especially if you post all of them at once. Pick your best one and let all of your followers marvel at your artistic genius.
Tinder—Almost more unexpected than SnapChat, Tinder has just started having a popular moment in the past few weeks. Tinder is effectively a dating app based solely on pictures. You can scroll through pictures of people who are nearby and either approve or reject them, and based on their response, Tinder allows you to have a conversation with them via message. I have personally stayed off of it, but Tinder has definitely spread like wildfire among most college students.
NextBus—A lifesaver for those who live on campus or those who have classes on opposite ends of a large campus, NextBus really is the best system for shuttle tracking.
SnapChat—Easily the biggest surprise of the year. Who could have expected that an app that allows you to send temporary funny pictures/videos to friends could be so addicting?! Some of my friends and I don’t even text anymore. Who wants to use 18 emojis in one text when you can send your actual feelings even if just for a few seconds?
Ruzzle—The biggest game since temple run, the word game Ruzzle has become an addiction for most college students. Your objective is to create as many words as you can from the 16 letters shuffled on your board. Your letters have to be connecting in some way by either being next to each other or touching at the corners. Competition is fierce and 2 letter words count so you best bring you’re A-game.
So those are the top apps used on my campus. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!