Is Snapchat Replacing iMessage?

Teens are ditching texting for the social media app Snapchat


Julia Boyle

Juniors Abbie Magee (holding up Snapchat) and Anthony Ostrander (holding up iMessage)

People may use Snapchat just as much as or even more than iMessage on their phone, but which one is generally preferred out of the two? There are many different ways to socialize through the phone, aside from calling and texting, and a very popular app that people use to do so is Snapchat.

Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app where you add your friends and snap things back and forth in a way to communicate with each other. A snap is a picture or video you send through the app to one or more of your friends. Snaps are deleted once they’ve been viewed by all recipients, unless you add them to your Story, in which case they disappear after 24 hours.

A couple of students from the Triton Middle School were asked about their views of Snapchat and iMessage and when they prefer to use which.

“I feel like I started using Snapchat because literally everyone has it”, said 8th grader Andrea Boyle.

“I use to be on it 24/7 because I constantly wanted to be talking to my friends and keeping up to date. I think I like texting more though. When you think about it, sometimes I start to feel weird, because there are times I’m not even talking to the person I’m snapchatting we’re just sending pictures of our faces with no words.”

High schoolers of Triton have different thoughts on the idea of snapchatting vs imessaging.

“I think Snapchat is a just a different way to talk to people, it’s more interesting”, said junior Erin Gershuny.

“I use snapchat frequently, I snapchat people in the morning, throughout the day, when I’m bored, and basically just too much. It’s different from just typing words on a screen because you can actually see their facial expressions in response to what you just said”, said Gershuny.

“Even though it’s more interesting, I prefer texting on iMessage because it’s quicker and more straight forward if you really need a quick response from someone.”

Junior Connor Kohan actually prefers Snapchat over iMessage.

“I like it because all of my friends have it and I know people won’t screenshot my stuff, and it feels like I’m with my friends even though I’m not actually with them”, said Kohan.

Teachers of Triton were also asked about their use of Snapchat. They typically use it for important communication purposes, rather than entertaining social purposes, however Snapchat is still popularly used by an older age group.

“I don’t have an iphone, so I don’t use iMessage”, said high school math teacher Mr. Joe Galante.

“If I don’t have service, which I don’t a lot of the time over the summer where I work, I’ll use Snapchat to send messages. I guess I don’t really have a preference. A lot of my people my age do have Snapchat, but I have about half as many people as I used to because of a crazy ex-girlfriend who went through and deleted every female out of my Snapchat.” said Galante.

Overall, Snapchat seems to be more popular for younger age groups while older age groups still use it. While iMessage is still used to send messages quicker and more efficient.