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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    chill, 15 Nov 2007 @ 11:08am

    E-mail and IM

    I held some focus groups over the summer where we interviewed 15-25YROs in the States about methods of communication. We found a strong correlation between e-mail use and age. But the correlation with age was less about whether someone was using a new technology as a replacement versus something that has been around. It was about working. Everyone that was working, which were most of the 21-25yros (post college, high school) were all using e-mail very heavily (and the other forms of communication). The high schoolers were using SMS and the social networks exclusively. Very few used IM.

    IMO. There is a place for SMS and e-mail and other forms of commuication - they offer choice and flexibility. Although most of the States are still getting clued into SMS. But IM disappears. SMS and Social networking technologies replace it or relegate it to inside the corporate firewalls.

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