App Times How Long People Can Look at Photos

The days of keeping a picture to keep a memory are over now, thanks to an app. It’s called SnapChat.

By Christina Hernandez
|  Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012  |  Updated 11:19 PM EDT
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The days of keeping a picture to keep a memory are over now, thanks to an app. It’s called SnapChat. NBC 6 looks at how it works.

The days of keeping a picture to keep a memory are over now, thanks to an app. It’s called SnapChat. NBC 6 looks at how it works.

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If you haven’t seen celebrities doing damage control after their dirty cell phone pictures are leaked, you may be living under a rock. But this isn’t just a celebrity problem.

Sexting is everywhere, and sometimes it comes with an aftermath.

“If the picture leaks, it could ruin your life,” 22-year-old Jairo Arias said.

The days of keeping a picture to keep a memory are over now, thanks to an app. It’s called SnapChat.

This is how it works: You take a picture, then decide how long you want the receiver to look at it. You can choose one second or as long as 10 seconds. After the photo is received, and your time is up, it’s gone, disappeared from their screen and their phone.

“Why does it need to disappear immediately? What are you hiding?” Corey Livermore said.

Some of the people NBC 6 talked to about this app said they don’t believe it’ll solve some of the problems that come along with sexting.

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"Either way, if you delete it, it’s out there,” 20-year-old Krystal Gonzalez said.

That brings up a question that has some users curious. After the picture disappears from your phone, where does it disappear to?

“It could spread like wildfire,” 21-year-old Livermore said. “No one wants to see pictures of themselves online, so don’t send them.”

Not sexting is one solution, but the makers of the SnapChat App said that’s not even what it’s designed for. The App’s description calls it “the fastest way to share a moment with friends” and sexting is not mentioned, but Apple has designated the app as being for users 12 and older warning of “mild sexual content or nudity.”

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