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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    Jordan, 15 Nov 2007 @ 7:58am

    Email IS for old people

    Old people are more familiar with written or typed (typewriter) letters. They are impressed by how fast an email gets from one place to another. It is fast compared to "snail mail", but not compared to the other forms of communication. The problem with email is that you have to check it. If you are the type of person who checks their email religiously every half hour, then its great, but if you have a life, or a phone without email support, you may not get the email for a day or two. Instant messaging is much more efficient if you are at your computer. Text messaging (if you can spell your words and not seem like a dumbass), is probably the most efficient aside from calling the person. They get the message almost instantly, but have time to respond if they are busy and it isn't urgent.

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