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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    A 25 Year Old Kid, 15 Nov 2007 @ 7:52am

    Re: It's like Casettes

    Well I wouldn't say it's like cassettes, I don't think I have seen or heard a cassette in about 10 years myself. Can you even buy cassettes from a store that aren't from a dollar clearance bin? I would say that digital media has successfully replaced the cassette where as text messaging and instant messaging is providing a compliment to Email. I think the context of this article is getting it all wrong, as it would be impossible to replace email with instant messaging from a business perspective, but it makes a great compliment.

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