By Anissa Miller ’19
There are 100 million daily active Snapchat users in the world. Teenagers and young adults from the ages of 13-30 have found a new app called Snapchat. Snapchat has been around since 2012 and has grown in popularity ever since. A person can take a picture or video of something and send it to another person that has Snapchat and it will disappear after they open it. Users could also put a picture on their story for all their friends to see but it will go away after 24 hours. The pictures and videos never really disappear though. Any picture sent privately or out on a story is out in cyberspace.
Sophomore Bailey Gaul, however, does not have a Snapchat. “I don’t use Snapchat because my parents won’t let me, and I feel that it would be a distraction and would take up too much of my time.” Gaul isn’t in the dark of what Snapchat is. “I know that you send pictures to people and can use funny filters and effects.” Bailey did admit to feeling left out because she does not have Snapchat, “Since I don’t have a snapchat when all my friends laugh about someone’s story or a picture someone sent, I have no idea what they’re laughing about.”
Freshman James Pewdo has a Snapchat and uses it in his daily routine. “I use Snapchat everyday and send about 50 snaps a day.” Pewdo explains how he sees Snapchat, “It’s basically texting people with a picture but you can also send a private message”. Why send a picture when you can just text? “You can say a lot more with a picture than a text. You can show where you are and who you’re with and sometimes it’s just quicker and easier to send a snap.”
Ninth grade English teacher, Mrs. Miles, knows what Snapchat is but does not support it. “I do not think Snapchat is a beneficial form of social media. It influences teenagers to be bold because they see it as something that is not permanent. I don’t think any kind of social media is good for users. It takes away from proper forms of communication that teenagers will need to learn. Students don’t value face to face communication anymore and I’ve even heard stories of boyfriends breaking up with their girlfriends over Snapchat.” Miles also does not support Snapchat in the classroom, “It distracts students in class when they should be doing their work.”
While opinions may be split, Snapchat is impact our society, especially the young adults.