Through AirDrop meet, poison, cheat in the classroom and share memes.

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This anonymous function is not moderated by anyone.The standard feature for sending files on Apple devices is not used for its intended purpose.

Airdrop was originally conceived as a feature for quick file sharing, but in 2015, teenagers started using it instead of Instagram, Snapchat and messengers. IPhone users get acquainted, correspond, send memes, write off homework and poison through an anonymous service where there is no moderation.

AirDrop is not the first time used for other purposes. At the end of 2018 in the United States began to complain more often that with the help of technology strangers send them photos of penises. In April 2019, the rapper Childish Gambino distributed free sneakers to visitors of Coachella through the function — they received a notification that the pair can be picked up at the vintage market for an hour.

AirDrop lets you send photos, videos, contacts, and links over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to owners of Apple devices that have this feature enabled. You can send content at a distance of no more than 10 meters. Because AirDrop allows for anonymity, users often don't know from whom they received the file.

When a lot of people gather in one place — in the subway, school classrooms, at concerts, it becomes impossible to calculate who sent the file. Usually users specifically change the name of the device to ridiculous or funny names like "meme dealer", "send cat pics" or "Shrek's wife".

Sending content through AirDrop Is easier and faster than using social networks or messengers: you don't need another person's phone number, email, or account name. The feature also allows you to send files to dozens of people without having to create a group chat.

Strange memes
Back in 2014, the editor of the Verge told how hundreds of times sent through AirDrop picture with a sloth in a space suit to people in the subway and coffee shops. The author watched the reactions — some laughed, others were surprised, but no one was angry.

Users continue to share strange pictures or obscure memes. "This is a special kind of images. It's fun to look at your phone and see something random," a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania told The Atlantic. The recipient can only see a small preview before accepting the file, so too complex content won't work.

I was at the Museum in the aquarium and someone sent me this via AirDrop: "Where's my fucking son»

I tried to have lunch, but some girls needed to airdrop on this.

In schools, the mass exchange of memes can be a problem — under "fire" sometimes fall teachers. Product Manager of Adobe Spark Veronica Belmont (Veronica Belmont) told the publication that during the presentation received through AirDrop crazy meme and felt that Schoolgirls mock her.

Teacher from new Jersey Sam Bendinelli (Sam Bendinelli) noted that usually students do not send each other anything dangerous: "This thing is used instead of social networks. I would say that 80% of all memes are memes. It's like a big chat room where most people sit anonymously." At the same time, students try not to send anything to teachers. Adults usually call the iPhone by its name, so it is easier for students to avoid them. Bendinelli said that turns off AirDrop at school and encourages other teachers to do the same.

Adults who accidentally get into sending memes via AirDrop usually feel awkward or feel like they're being trolled. But 18-year-old Alex doesn't think adults should be afraid of anything. In his opinion, teenagers are still trying to avoid their elders, because they anyway do not understand humor.

Sending memes, teenagers find common themes with each other. "This is a way of mass communication based on geolocation", — said the founder of the research center of generation Z Tiffany Zhong (Tiffany Zhong). "There are always people at parties and at school that you don't know. You just want to find out who's around." Some send each other links to Snapchat or selfies with instagram account name.

A 17-year-old girl from California said she met several people using Apple's feature. "I was signed up by about 35 people after AirDrop. Given that they fall for you without knowing what you look like or who you are, that's pretty much it."

Bullying and bullying
Some Teens go beyond what can be shared. Some send Nude photos and porn. Others intimidate each other by spreading incriminating or unflattering pictures of their classmates. Bullying does not end with the distribution of candid photos and videos. In 2018, a black schoolgirl through AirDrop sent a photo of the participants of the Ku Klux Klan – the school management could not find out who did it. In March 2019, a group of black students in Boston were sent a picture with a "blackface" and the signature "Congratulations on African American history month." In Chicago, a 14-year-old boy sent a swastika to classmates at a school meeting — he was charged with distributing obscene images.

Since AirDrop is a standard feature of any iPhone, not a social network, there are no tools for moderation. No one can be blocked for posting pornography or offensive content.

Schools are experiencing problems with cheating via AirDrop. Teenagers send each other test answers during class or homework during recess. In the US, teachers forbid students to use phones in the classroom and cancel the test results if they notice smartphones in the hands of children.

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