Mike Johnson sent me this link that was fascinating to me – Buzzfeed has a great article for youth workers (and parents) to get the inside scoop on technology and teenagers. As I read it, so much of it was spot on. Here’s an excerpt – head there for the whole article:
Looking at her Instagram feed, I noticed that the vast majority of photos were of people â€“ not beautiful views, objects, or experiences. This is in stark contrast to what the people I follow on Instagram take photos of, and very analogous to the photos that appear in my Facebook Newsfeed.
My takeaway: Facebook was smart to buy Instagram.
My sister maintains that Snapchat is up there with Instagram, in terms of usage amongst her peers. Her exemplary use case was a moment that she captured in the airport of a funny looking man who was snoozing in an awkward position. Itâ€™s the type of thing that you want to share with somebody, but itâ€™s insignificance would make it awkward in a text or status update. â€œItâ€™s a way to connect with friends when you donâ€™t really have anything to say.â€ Or in my words, if traditional messaging is functional â€” communicating for a purpose; â€œWhat time do you want to meet for the movie?â€ â€” Snapchat is the opposite, whatever that is.
My takeaway: Snapchat is a communication tool, seriously.