I was in your same situation about a year ago. It was at a time in my life when I suddenly got separated from my friends I’d known, worked with, grown with, cried with, and previously spent several hours a day with. It was hard. I had plain texting, but my friends didn’t really use it—I had one friend joke about it being too hard to like, move your fingers on the keys when you can just post pictures on social media. Eventually they just slowly faded away. I really wanted social media so I could keep in contact with them!
I knew my mom was going to be really hard to convince. So, I went on a crazy research spree. I got firsthand accounts of Instagram and Snapchat from friends, complete with screenshots, I researched on the Internet and read articles, I even read about the creators of the two social medias, and some articles in tech magazines that my dad had. I was dead-set on getting those social medias, and I was going to accomplish that with reasoning and a logical argument.
I ended up convincing myself not to get them!
Let’s talk about Snapchat for a minute.
It’s important to start by looking at the creation of Snapchat and its founders. Snapchat, originally Picaboo, was created specifically for the purpose of sharing inappropriate photos. Snapchat had two or three founders, who were at the time of my research suing each other over who owned Snapchat. I don’t really know how to say this, but I read an article from a reputable source about stuff that was leaked during this lawsuit. GROSS STUFF. REALLY GROSS AND BAD. These guys are SICK PERVERTS. -clears throat- Anyway...
Snapchat owns all the photos you post on it. The photos do not disappear forever, contrary to popular belief; they are stored and Snapchat may use them in whatever way they wish. Some bad things happened as a result of this, where a girl’s photos were used and distributed in bad ways by Snapchat.
That alone should really be enough to convince you NEVER to get Snapchat.
Further, Snapchat doesn’t even do what it says anymore. One time when I was at a (non-Christian, sports-improvement based) summer camp, I was leaning against a pillar in a room while we kids were waiting for a meeting to start. There was a boy leaning against the pillar in front of me with his phone out. I was looking forward into space—I didn’t mean to be watching him. But I saw what he did. He opened Snapchat, and the first thing he did was turn on Screen Record. He then proceeded to tap through all his snaps. You know what that means, right?
Not only is Screen Record a super-easy, free, and detection proof way of saving supposedly disappearing snaps, but (and I’m not sure if this is true anymore), Snapchat also offers “snap replays.”
Beyond that, Snapchat can be tempting. It’s what it was meant to be. It’s like putting yourself into a bad situation. Just don’t even go there.
The filters are cool, but you can get other cool filters from apps such as YouCamFun and others. I don’t even have any of those apps anymore... after using the filters a few times, you will see that they are nothing special (in fact, they’re kinda weird when you think about it). In my view, the Snapchat filters are just a way they attract people to Snapchat.
Finally, as Iliara mentioned, the Discover section can be gross!!!! During my research I came across some parent reviews of Snapchat that included some of the names of the articles! Horrifying!
If you really care about keeping yourself safe and innocent, really, and following the Bible, I encourage you to do your own research, looking at both sides and comparing what you find with God’s Word.