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“Don't you trust me?"

Teenagers challenging friendship on Snapchat

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With its lens, its private, controlled and ephemeral chat, Snapchat is a Social Media that reduce user inhibition for sharing pictures and videos. It is the teenagers' favorite social media in France. For two years, I have studied teenagers' online interactions in four middle schools of Parisian suburbs. Teenagers use Snapchat to stretch peers’ trust limits. Their friendship’s experience is therefore deeply reshaped. They ask their friends' password not to lose the snap streaks they earned chatting together. If they do not accept, suspicion arises. However, at middle school, peer groups are constantly changing and friendship is uncertain. Teens tend to use the given access to their friend privacy as a threat against any betrayal attempt. Asking for trust evidence, they paradoxically create a relation of mistrust in which reputation is at stake. Despite the fact that snaps are supposed to be ephemeral, they found plenty of ways to save them. Secrets are not revealed by word anymore but by images, a trace that can misrepresent a fact, create and make rumors persist. They use the "dossier" they collected in order to maintain the balance of terror and protect their reputation. In this paper, I will show how private share on Snapchat create an ambivalent trust relation in teens' friendship. I will analyze some betrayal and reputation-shifts cases. I will depict the abusive trust effect on Snapchat in the reputation loss.
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hal-03472176 , version 1 (09-12-2021)


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Margot Déage. “Don't you trust me?". ESCM 2019, 6th European Conference on Social Media, Jun 2019, University of Brighton, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-03472176⟩
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