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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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Nov 2007 @ 2:16pm

    Maybe I'm weird but I don't feel a deep and pressing need to be "in contact" with everyone 24/7.

    I read my emails when I get home from work. I ignore text messages, (which has the happy result of reducing them to almost nothing), I don't belong to FB or MS or anything similar, I don't use IM and I leave my phone in the car most of the time, especially at weekends.

    I still manage to keep in contact with those I consider important and don't in the slightest feel like I'm missing anything.

    I imagine I'm a dying breed.

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