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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    ipanema, 15 Nov 2007 @ 5:46pm

    Perhaps 'older' people don't have loads of free time for other forms of communication as much as kids have. E-mail is just perfect. People won't disturb you that much. Whereas text messaging can result to chatting depending on the other person or if one needs immediate answer.

    Here in Asia, txt messaging thrives, calling the Philippines as the text capital of the world [i don't know who said that, just read it].

    Kids do feel that to be hip and cool is to try out all these latest gadgets. It is consuming them too much that some do inappropriate things with their mobile phones. Such is the response that there are many schools here in Southeast Asia banning mobile phones. Which I think is just right. I mean they can do their personal stuff after school or during break.

    For us 'older' people, we don't mind for as long as we communicate, any means is alright. Perhaps e-mail was there before text messaging.

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