Kaitlyn Larson holds her iPhone while loading Snapchat photo by Hannah White

Kaitlyn Larson holds her iPhone while loading Snapchat photo by Hannah White

This generation communicates one way: through social media. One of the fairly new social media outlets launched in September 2011, Snapchat, lets you send pictures that only can be seen for no more than 10 seconds. The user thinks that once that picture is opened it is to never be seen again — so they think.

 As you pick up your cellphone and take a picture on Snapchat, you set the amount of time you want the viewer to see it, no more than 10 seconds. When you send the picture you think they will only see it for that amount of time. However, there are many ways to preserve that picture. Someone could simply screenshot it and have that picture you thought would last no more than 10 seconds posted to dozen of websites for eternity.

Social media tools such as Snapchat do more harm than good. Many teenagers are tempted to make bad decisions.

As if being able to Snapchat a picture wasn’t bad enough, Snapchat’s new update is being able to record video.

If you don’t want the accountability of the pictures you take, then you simply shouldn’t take them.   Instead of hoping someone doesn’t screenshot or find a way to keep it, just don’t send it.

More and more researches are being done whether the pictures you send through Snapchat are able to be renewed. People get the pictures and put them up on websites or send them around to all their friends. Snapchat was not suppose to be a harmful or inappropriate app, so people should stop using it for that nature.

I think Snapchat is a useless app that leads teenagers into making the wrong decisions. If you review the motive for the app’s design its clear intent is to allow the user the hope of less long term accountability for the pictures they take.