Snap back to reality

Students rethink social media use

In the last decade, social media has seen a massive increase in users, and Snapchat is one of the most used. Social media plays a big part in most students lives at Decatur High school. However, some students decided they’re better off without it.

Sophomore Mia Ramirez deleted Snapchat two months ago and she feels she’s been better off since.

“It took up a lot of time I could have been using differently,” Ramirez said. “I felt like I had to look good for pictures and keep up streaks and I was pressured to always have things on my story.”

400 million snaps are sent each day according to CEO Evan Spiegel.

Not only did Snapchat waste her time, it also wasted her money.

“Snapchat ran through so much of my data,” she said. “It gets expensive quickly.”

Some people enjoy watching Snapchat Stories, a feature where you can post a photo or video to your very own Stories section (or feed) of your account, which is visible by you and all your friends for 24 hours. Ramirez, however, does not.

“I could care less about the majority of people’s Snapchat stories,” she said. “There’s probably six people whose story I care about, but I already see them everyday so I already know what they’re doing and don’t need to watch their story.

Both Ramirez and Junior Sarah Grace Stafford attended Sharptop Cove, a young life camp, on Friday January 20th. When they got there, the YL leaders took their phones, so that they could enjoy the scenery without the distraction of a device. Stafford believes this was the key to their enjoyment.

“That was my favorite part of Sharptop,” she said. “It allows you to treasure what’s happening around you. You would miss so much if you had your phone.

Stafford’s camp prohibits the use of phones as well. They collect them when you arrive.

“This year, I’ll be at camp for 9 weeks and I won’t have my phone for the whole time. I love it,” she said. “It’s so liberating and freeing.”

Stafford believes that the best conversations aren’t held over Snapchat.

“I can talk to someone on the phone, or over facetime, but the best ones are in person,” she said. “There’s so many ways to communicate without using Snapchat. I think everyone would be better off taking a short break from social media and seeing what it does to you. Too much screen time is unhealthy and we were meant to live outdoors not hunched over a device.”

To contact the writer, email 18benjamingreco@csdecatur.net