Email Is For Old People?

from the get-with-the-program dept

A few years ago, we pointed to a report in Asia, where kids were saying that email was for old people, and they were more focused on things like text messaging. This may have just been foreshadowing a larger trend, highlight by an article in Slate about how, just as older generations have embraced emails, kids have moved on to many different forms of communication from instant messaging to text messaging to private messaging through social networks to broadcast messaging through Twitter and Facebook news feeds. And, while it worries the reporter a bit, he's come to accept it and realize that kids are simply figuring out the best, most efficient way to communicate different messages -- where email as a one-size-fits-all communication system is a bit clunky. That's not to say that email is going away any time soon -- but that it's not nearly as important a communication tool as many "older" people seem to assume it is.

Filed Under: email, generation gap, kids, private messaging, text messaging


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    Just Me, 15 Nov 2007 @ 7:15am

    Huh?

    What's with all this Facebook bashing? Sure email is integral to the survival of pretty much every business out there - that was never questioned.
    But FB (which I use regularly at 25) also fills a nice little niche in that you can keep in touch with a lot of people in a convenient manner. It's simple, free and (if everyone you know is on there) pretty well all-inclusive.

    Will it replace email, no. Will social networking sites be going anywhere soon, no (on the whole, individual sites will come and go).
    It may not be for everyone, and for some it is used as crap communication, but I use it as a tool to keep in touch with family and friends and be able to organize events in a way that no other technology out there right now can do.

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