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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    Chris, 15 Nov 2007 @ 11:48am

    Texting will replace email, period.

    IM is just a form of text messaging, it's used for short, concise transfers of information. Email is great when you need to put down a paragraph of info, but who reads every line of there emails, business or pleasure? If anyone has been paying attention, I believe there was an article out a few weeks ago about how smartphones are outselling laptops. The reason? Well think about it, who besides those that are tech savy use a laptop for anything other than surfing the net and checking email? Not many.

    Texting will replace email, period. It's faster and more portable and always will be because not everyone is going to carry around a laptop with them. Smartphones are great but there will never be an efficient way to write a lengthy email using a smartphone. Game set match.

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