With the latest update from Snapchat, Instant Messaging and Live Video Calls are now available! Free of charge. However, on its first day of beta release; havoc in classrooms across the globe. Teachers for the first time have confiscated mobile devices and a small number of schools have even blocked Snapchat connections in their field [even blocking 3/4G connections]. The update seems to have gone over well with some of the app’s highly engaged teenage user base. Secondary-school teacher ‘Tracie Schroeder’ tweeted that her classroom nearly descended into anarchy after her students got the Snapchat update.

“In 16 years of teaching I can’t think of anything that has ever disrupted my classroom more than today’s snapchat update.”

She later told “The Business Insider”:

“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.”

Teens are going mental for the new update, including one teenage girl crawling underneath her desk to live message her friend. The new app lets you live text somebody, and yes you guessed it; following true Snapchat style, the user can define how long their friend can see the message for.

But why you may ask? Why are teens so crazy for the beta?

The answer is we’re influenced by others to do the things we do on a day-to-day basis, meaning if somebody else gets the new Snapchat Beta then we become a ‘sheep’ and follow their ways. The word “addictive” is also a more refined word to describe this, teens are addicted to the ‘selfie’ style app, destroying their education just to get a quick message to their friend, when really the teacher can see they’re doing it. For many teachers today, it would’ve been their most horrendous class to teach.

We will keep you updated on what ‘Snapchat’ decide to do regarding this.

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