The newest update for Snapchat for Android and iOS platforms launched a few days ago. It was the biggest since the launch of the application on both platforms, which is why it did not go unseen by the millions of its users.
Because the new update added major features with the potential to turn Snapchat into one of the most popular instant messaging services, its users all over the world tried to download the update and experience these new features as quickly as possible.
Regardless of where they were when the update hit Google Play Store or Apple App Store, people updated Snapchat and started using the new features such as chat and video calls.
With the new Chat feature, Snapchat users will now be able to converse with their friends who use the same application without having to fear that their discussions may be seen by other people. Snapchat uses a safe mechanism that destroys conversations/messages, the moment the user closes the discussion.
Video calls is another new feature added via the last update for Snapchat, which does exactly what it says and without having to spend a dime. Everything is done via Wi-Fi network, so users can video chat for as long as they want.
According to Business Insider, no one was more excited about the newest update for Snapchat than its most ardent users, teens. It looks like nothing was capable of stopping them from taking advantage of the new features introduced by Snapchat developers, unless they were refused the use of phones during classes.
Tracie Schroeder has been teaching children for 16 years at Council Grove High School in Kansas, and she doesn't mind kids using their phones during classes as long as it doesn't disrupts the activities.
They are even encouraged to take snapshots during their experiments and even if one or two manage to send a text or two, overall, there is no reason for concern. That until the last Snapchat update hit Android and iOS platform.
According to Schroeder, “today was the first day in a long time I actually took phones away. I have no idea what all was included in the update, but you would have thought it was crack. They seriously could not keep away from it. I even had one girl crawl under the table with her phone.”
But that is not all. Although teens these days hate being apart from their phones like they are some kind of extensions to their bodies, on the day Snapchat's update hit stores, their anxiety turned into near panic.
The particular case detailed by high-school teacher Tracy Schroeder isn't unique in the United States, but it's a reminder that we shouldn't turn the need for technology into something addictive.