Yellow Ghost

Macey Cranfill, Reporter

Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets people swap videos and pictures these are called snaps, they are meant to disappear after they’re seen. The app was created on July 8, 2011, the app was first called peekaboo. The app was first made so people could share photos and once they have been viewed they would be gone forever, hints why the logo of Snapchat is a ghost, they disappear, the inspiration for the disappearing messages came to Spiegel and Murphy after a friend regretted sending a photo through text to someone else. Teens on Snap will send risky photos or text hoping it will disappear but now that technology has grown you can now take screenshot or screen record or even take photos from another device without the other person knowing, it could ruin your life eventually without you even knowing what you are getting into. Snapchat was made up of three people: Evan Spiegel, Reggie Brown, and Bobby Murphy.  With Snapchat, you can take pictures or videos, add funny filters, lenses or other effects and share them with other people on Snapchat. One of the newer updates on Snapchat has released a snap map this lets you see your friend’s location and lets your friends see your location, you can also go on ghost mode so no one sees where you are. As  2019 was coming to an end, Snapchat had 210 million daily active users worldwide. It would take someone 10 years to view all the photos shared on Snapchat in the last hour (that’s crazy). The average person spends anywhere from thirty-five minutes to six hours on Snapchat on a daily basis. Active Snapchat users open the app up 30 times per day. The average age to get Snapchat in 2018 was 13 years old. The Snapchat age limit is 12 years old. But it’s not all just positive things. Snap has led to anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Looking at carefully filtered pictures of other teens also leading to eating disorders, fear of missing out, and bullying, and parents didn’t know what was going on.

Teena Briggs told me she likes Snapchat because she can text/send snaps to multiple people at the same time, and you get to see people’s faces and what they are doing all through the phone. Teena is on Snapchat about 7-9 hours a day, she wants to reduce the time she uses on the app and just on her phone in general. Some things she doesn’t like about Snap is that it glitches a lot or just won’t work sometimes. Out of all of the apps on her phone, she’s on Snapchat the most. 

Teegan Lafollette used to have Snapchat but got rid of it after some incidents that happened on it about a month ago. When Teegan used to have it he was on it 1-2 hours a day and would check it 20 times or more. He got rid of it because of cyberbullying that was happening to him and he didn’t want to deal with it anymore. Teegan told me that he might consider getting it again once he moves away from Wyoming so he can have a fresh start on the app. 

With having Snapchat there have been positive and negative outcomes with the app. What are you gonna do, are you going to continue with the app or delete it? Are you safe on the app?