By: Leilah Doran
Don’t turn the Wi-Fi off. It could stop the heartbeats on the Samueli campus. “We can’t do our homework and assignments!” the students might say. But, what they’re really thinking is that they’ll have to use their data to access their favorite apps. What might those favorite apps be? And why are they such a necessity in the lives of staff and students?
A survey was conducted asking Samueli Academy what their favorite apps are, how often they use them and why they use them. Angel Bello, a Junior, says, “YouTube has helped me do homework when I need help and iFunny is there to help me feel happy.” Hey teachers, this proves that students don’t use all our time watching random cat videos.
Although a majority may love these apps, Samueli was also asked what annoys them about these particular apps. Blanca Chavez, a Junior, says, “My internet doesn’t work sometimes and it uses up my data when I’m not home.” We all know that sucks, but luckily our school has Wi-Fi!
So what do the final top apps add up to? The top three most popular apps at Samueli Academy right now are:
Snapchat is the #1 most frequently used app at Samueli. It is most frequently used because students love to use it to communicate with their friends and see what they are up to. It also allows them to share pictures with friends and family. Snapchat gives people a way to create short videos or a collection of images that could be passed around and shared.
Instagram is the second most frequently used app at Samueli. That is because it allows people to connect with their friends, see what people are up to and keep up to date with the newest trends. Instagram allows you to share your photos and videos straight from your camera roll or use ones that already exist and add a caption to showcase their creativity, personality, feelings, ideas, beliefs and so on.
YouTube is the third most frequently used app at Samueli because it is used for entertainment, tutorials and educational purposes. Julianna Mata, a Freshmen, says “I can watch things or interact with things that can cheer me up. They have helped me along with my research in mental disorders and studying the different people and cultures around the world.” Youtube allows you to browse and explore not just music, but also cultures and ideas.
These are the apps that Samueli students and staff said were their favorite apps to use on a daily basis. Many students, such as Nallely Alvarez, Luis Torres and Zayra Lopez, said that they use these apps everyday. According to Manny Mejia, a Junior, “They’ve distracted me, but keep me updated.” This tells us that these apps are used multiple times a day to occupy our time. The top reasons Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube are the top most used apps are because they help us connect, keep up with the trends, explore and entertain us. What do you think? Do you agree, or do you disagree? Leave a comment with your thoughts on these and other applications!
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