Is Snapchat the New Form of Communication?


Jacob Brooks, Sports Editor

Introduced in 2011, Snapchat has now become one of the most popular apps of the decade. It has 210 million daily active users, for perspective, which is nearly as much as the entire population of the United States. Even more impressive, Snapchat managed to reach 90% of the US population between the ages of 13 and 24. It’s really amazing to think how far the app has come.

Snapchat has not only found its way into almost every teens life, but also has emerged as possibly the most reliable and consistent form of communication for kids these days. Although other forms like texting, calling and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) are still around, most of the young population primarily communicates via Snapchat. 

The app offers features from sharing pictures on the fly to texting and posting stories for all your friends to see. It also allows for everyone to have fun with it by keeping streaks, receiving accolades, and getting on best friend lists. These features can be toxic however, as these have the ability to stress people out. This can get to the point where Snapchat can be seen by some as a device which seemingly is quantifying your social status. This is perhaps the main reason why Snapchat is able to captivate so many young people to be their main form of communication.