I did it.
I deleted Snapchat.
As someone who is 100% addicted to social media, it was very difficult.
I recently came across one blog post that made me really think about this app. I originally downloaded it this summer while I was working at Mesa Verde National Park. It was a quick easy way to share images with my family and friends, when cell phone service sometimes wasn’t to strong. Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that “you should absolutely delete this app“, or that “it is PURE EVIL”. I don’t really think it’s either of those, it does however make me uncomfortable. I’m not sure if I can trust the company. (Maybe in the future when they change some things!) I just want to help you rethink some things about it and make the decision on your own. I will warn you that the first three articles are written from a parent view about teenagers using the app.
Why You Should Delete Snapchat By: Adam McLane – This was the first blog post I read!
“The biggest lie is that the images go away. In fact, because they are transferred between users of the app, that image actually touches several servers between your phone and your friends phone. The image goes from your device, to your phone carriers servers, to SnapChats servers, to your friends phone carriers servers, to their phone. That message is logged all of those places, that image is stored on SnapChats servers, that image is stored on your phone, and that image is stored on your friends phone. (Not to mention a ton of servers and switches who pass that data across the web.)”
Snapchat: Good for Teenagers? By the same guy as above ^
“I know there are some innocent uses out there. I’ve even heard from youth ministry folks who use it to connect with their students and crowd-source ideas. But I also know of some horror stories. Stories of regret and exposure to things their eyes didn’t want to see.”
The Trouble with Snapchat By: Joel Wood – RadicalParents.com
“The greatest danger with Snapchat is a lack of accountability. The premise of the app is a sense of privacy (more on that later). Users can send whatever they want to whomever they are friends with without the risk of anyone else seeing it or finding out.”
“Recently in Iowa Snapchat made the news because of it’s use in school bullying. A girl who was changing in the locker room had her picture taken and snapped to a male student. While this could have happened with any smart phone with a text plan, the false sense of privacy that Snapchat offers makes it attractive to bullies because it is much harder to prove their guilt without hard evidence. With social media already fueling the fire of bullying an app like this could cause further damage to teenagers.”
>>>>>> Snapchat Nudes Are Being Screenshot And Secretly Being Posted to Facebook By: The Huffington Post
“The website “Snapchat Leaked” is dedicated to posting nude Snapchat photos without the sender’s knowledge. They ask readers to submit naughty Snapchats they have received from digital lovers.”
“These pages are the newest form of revenge porn. There’s no way to stop your Snapchat message from being screenshot, and while Snapchat warns you when your photo has been screenshot, it can’t tell you what happens to it from there. Hackers have also revealed that supposedly deleted Snapchats can be uncovered with enough digital digging.”
Snapchat Photos Don’t Actually Delete, Says Researcher By: The Huffington Post
“Hickman works for Decipher Forensics in Utah, a company that says it can find Snapchats hidden in a phone’s data cache, and says it can pass those pictures on to anyone who wants to look at them. For now, the company has successfully located “deleted” Snapchat photos in Android devices only, but he wants the company to continue researching to find Snapchat files in iPhones and to locate video files in both iPhone and Android devices. Decipher stresses that it’s not easy to find these pictures. The search requires time and special forensics software. Alternatively, pics can be accessed by anyone with a few hundred dollars. Hickman told Bloomberg Businessweek the company locate Sanpchat pictures for between $300 and $500. Decipher said it is offering the service to parents and law enforcement.”
Why I Use Snapchat: It’s Fast, Ugly and Ephemeral By: The New York Time Bits Blog
“This is partly because I know that the images can be thrown away, which leads to another important aspect of Snapchat. The app and service are really, really ugly. The user interface and design looks like the cross between a weird Japanese animation and a 1980s sitcom. As a result, I feel as if the pictures I take or the messages I send can be ugly, too.
Ugly gives the person using the app the feeling that whatever you do can be thrown away.
In comparison, when I’m composing something on another app, there’s a level of permanence that makes me check every word, dot every i and check every filter before sending, all because I know the image could last longer than 10 seconds. I call it the anxiety of permanence.”
I know I know, most of those articles were negative about Snapchat and in favor of encouraging you to delete it.
However I really couldn’t find any good news article about it. Oh well.
Thanks for reading this super boring post!