Just as spoken words only hang in the air long enough for ears to hear them, these images last just long enough to be seen (or more accurately, for 24 hours) and then they disappear.
Navigating the app also works a little differently here.
The spoke to Turkle about her research and what it means for the Facebook generation.
(I'm not even 40, and I'm one of them.) To the hip kids who have grown up with the four-year-old short video sharing app: It is with regrets that admittedly I may even incorrectly explain some of how this service—with its myriad of odd features—works. A social network where people share photos and short videos for just 24 hours, Snapchat is the answer to the Internet's problem of never forgetting.In practice, teens ages 12 to 17 are indeed more intense users of text messaging than older cell phone users, while they use voice calling in similar manner to adults.Teens send and receive text messages in numbers that are orders of magnitude greater than what is sent and received by adults.Looked at through a different statistical lens, the mean number of texts sent by adults as of May 2010 is 39.1 up from 29.7 in September 2009.Some 83% of American adults own cell phones and three-quarters of them (73%) send and receive text messages.The book is based on meta-analyses of individual and family studies and her own interviews with 300 children and 150 adults.Turkle maintains that people who choose to devote large portions of their time to connecting online are more isolated than ever in their non-virtual lives, leading to emotional disconnection, mental fatigue and anxiety.Young adults are the most avid texters by a wide margin.Cell owners between the ages of 18 and 24 exchange an average of 109.5 messages on a normal day—that works out to more than 3,200 texts per month—and the typical or median cell owner in this age group sends or receives 50 messages per day (or 1500 messages per month).So, it can be as simple as what happens when 15-year-olds gather for a birthday party.As anyone who has ever been 15 knows, there is a moment at such events when everyone wants to leave. It is, however, very important that everyone stay and learn to get along with each other.We think of counselling as a conversation with someone who you can trust, who won't judge you, and who wants to help.Conventional wisdom suggests that teens are more enthusiastic users of the cell phone than adults.As with any social network, much of your Snapchat experience will depend on who you follow, but on this one you're less likely to find carefully composed posts.