The Age of Visual Communication and Snapchat

Alex Soehnlen - Consumer/University Technology Reporter Email at [email protected]

Snapping a quick picture and sending it to your 20 closest friends has never been easier with Snapchat, but some Kent State students use the innovative app for more than just casual conversation.  

Rachel Kitzmiller, a senior in broadcast journalism, utilizes the “Discover” tab on snapchat to catch up on daily news and media.

“Personally I don’t snap chat my friends as much as I see that other people do,” Kitzmiller said. “I use snapchat to catch up on news and other things. I use the discover tab to look at the news and things like Mashable. It’s a quick way to see what’s going on.”

Snapchat is even being used as a replacement for texting. Olivia Young, a senior in public relations, uses snapchat to send quick messages to her friends.

“I do a lot of snapchatting, especially when I don’t feel like texting,” Young said. “I just send a picture of something random, and attach a message to it. I also love the news on there, I love the Daily Mail.”

Abbey Geib, a graduate public relations student, has noticed an increase in snapchat use by younger generations. She feels this concept will be the future of this form of communication.

“I’m 25, so my friends and I use it to communicate, but not at the level that people younger than us do,” Geib said. “It’s crazy how much more the younger people use it than people my age.”

Psychology senior Jordan Bodos regularly uses her snapchat as a way to not only communicate with her friends, but to update them on a daily basis via her “snap story.”

“I use snapchat every single day. I mostly use it to send funny pictures, but I always have a snapchat story up for all my friends to see,” said Bodos.

In sharp contrast to Bodos, junior Shane Beneke does not use snapchat to communicate.

“I don’t use snapchat, I never really got on the bandwagon,” Beneke said. “I had it my senior year in high school, but no one else had it, so I just deleted it. After that, I never got back into it.”