Email Is So Last Millennium
from the old-fogeys-only dept
Textually is pointing out that a new study in South Korea shows that kids there are staying away from email, saying that it’s mainly for old people. They only use email when they want to communicate with their “elders.” When communicating with friends, they’d much rather use SMS, instant messaging or the web. This doesn’t sound like just a few people sending fewer emails, either. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (middle, high school and college-aged) said they rarely, if ever, use email any more. While there are certain disadvantages to other solutions, it appears that kids today don’t like the slow nature of email, and find other forms of communication much more responsive. While it’s unlikely that email is simply going to go away any time soon, it’s worth watching how other systems, that are often so closely tied to email, evolve to match the changes as well. So much of the internet is now closely tied to email, that completely moving away from it is likely to have unintended consequences.