Yesterday while at one of my radio stations, the snapchat app was brought up. I had no idea what it was so I just nodded and smiled and went along with the conversation. When on of my air personalities said he was going to snap his daughter’s neck if he saw that on her phone I thought I should probably ask for clarification at this point. He explained that snapchat is an app that you can get on your phone that is a picture sharing service. Ok, not so bad right? After you share the pictures with the intended recipient the pictures self destruct within 1-10 seconds. I’m sorry WHAT?????????????????????? What the hell kind of devil plot app is this?????????? Of course that is my thought as a mother in a relationship. Maybe as a hot single chick I might have thought this was cool:)
My air personality went on to explain that the kid’s in his daughter’s school were using it for sexting, which makes perfect sense. Once you see the picture it’s gone. You can’t show it to any one or forward, or anything it’s done. Now I understood why he was so upset. I decided to do some research when I got home and yeah, pretty much what he said! Below is what I found on Wikipedia.
“Snapchat is a photo messaging application (“app”) developed by Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy, then Stanford University students. Using the app, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps”. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of December 2013, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds), after which they will be hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers.”
On the snapchat website there is some weird video that I don’t quite understand but that’s not unusual. I asked the kid’s dad if he had heard of snapchat before and his answer was “what’s that?”. Good answer, if it had been anything else we might have had to have a whole different kind of conversation.
I do not know what the intended use for this app is but I can only think of bad things. After all if it’s something good why would you need it to self destruct after 10 seconds? I mean there are some exceptions. If an artist was putting out his/her album artwork early as a teaser that would be a good use for it. Or if a company was revealing a limited time service special but other than that all I can think of is naked pictures! Teenagers, husbands, and boyfriends doing shit they are not supposed to be doing is definitely who I think is using this app. Below is the Wikipedia information for sexting and snapchat
Another controversy surrounding the rising popularity of Snapchat in the United States relates to a phenomenon known as sexting that involves the exchange of explicit images that often contain some degree of nudity. As many Snapchat users are below the age of eighteen, a question over the technical facilitation of child pornography distribution has been raised.[who?]Snapchat’s developers continue to insist that the application is not sexting-friendly and that they do not condone any kind of pornographic use. A February 2013 study by market research firmSurvata found that mobile phone users are more likely to use SMS for sexting, rather than Snapchat.
On November 14, 2013, police in Laval, Quebec, Canada arrested 10 boys aged 13 to 15 on child pornography charges after the boys allegedly captured and shared explicit photos of teenage girls sent through Snapchat as screenshots.“
Parent’s if you have a teenager you should check and see if they have this on their phone and certainly if they do have a conversation about WHY it is on their phone. I’d be quite interested to know the reasons lol