IT snaps out of it, unblocks popular app

Mr. Kyle Gorman

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Over the past two decades there have been numerous fads, in the world of fashion, in the world of sports, and most substantially, the world of technology. One trend that is seemingly here to stay is Snapchat.

Snapchat is a messaging software, that requires one to take a picture of themselves or something else, and put text on it. That is just the very basis of the app, Snapchat now has magazines within the app that users can flip, through and 3D filters that can be pasted on to you and even your friends faces.

Snapchat has become a staple in the technology world thus far, especially with the youth. Even in school this app seems to take priority in the minds of students of Champlain Valley Union High School.

As I myself, am an avid “snapper” and student at CVUHS, I wanted to investigate the hard facts behind snapchat use. I sat down with 50 of my peers, with at least ten members of each class and asked them questions about their use of the app, their results may come as a shock to some of the older crowd, but I’m sure millennials will understand.

One of the many distractions a high schooler can encounter during class, throughout the course of that day is a slight buzz signaling a new snapchat waiting to be open. I know that opening a “snap” can be quite exhilarating, so much so that it is taking attention away from class. Out of the 50 varied aged students I talked with 40 of them said that they open and send snapchats during class time, even if the teacher has forbid phone use. That is a whopping 8/10. Take it or leave it, that is a high percentage of students on their phone during class.

As students of CVU, my peers and I know that the teachers and administrators don’t want us on our phones during class, so the bright minds down in IT took steps to block Snapchat on the school-wide Wifi. Although that may have stopped some students at first most of them found their way around it. These crafty students such as myself, either turn off their wifi and use cellular data, or they download an app that establishes a private browser, allowing any student to access blocked materials, through what is called a Virtual Private Network (VPN). I asked those same 50 students how many of them use one of these methods to snapchat throughout the day. 47 of the 50 said they used one of these methods, while 3 lone students just waited until they got home to snapchat. The “higher ups” took some large steps to address this trend, but the intelligent snappers of CVU found a way around.

Students and quite frankly, anyone with a phone, have become dependant on their snapchat. One of the many cool features on snapchat is you can keep track of how many “snaps” you have sent and received, any user of the app would call it their “snap score”. I myself have a score over 100 thousand. That means I have sent and received over 100,000 snapchats from the time I created my account to now. I wanted to break these large numbers down into school day usage numbers. I asked those same 50 students how many snapchats they receive in a day. 14 people said they receive over 50 snaps, 16 people said the receive between 25-50 snaps a day, 13 people said they receive between 25-10 snaps per day, and a measly 6 said they received less than 10 per day. Keep in mind that 100% of my peers go on snapchat at least once a school day. There is no wonder why the “snap scores” of some individuals can become so large.

Although the snapchatting trend has turned into a forest fire it seems as if the administration has decided to embrace the change as Snapchat as of the week of november 4th is no longer blocked on the school wifi. Snapchat has become a new social norm, and has undoubtedly changed the way our school functions. The app has become so popular that the addiction has even overpowered the rules and regulations set forth by our superiors.