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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    KM 459, 16 May 2010 @ 6:55pm

    Re: Email IS for old people

    Jordan: You just made the greatest case for email.

    Text messages and IMs are, quite frankly, annoying as hell. They are highly inefficient, as they tend to interrupt whatever you were doing, thereby draining all productivity. Email, on the other hand, you can check when you want, reply when it's convenient, and spend the rest of your time actually getting things done.

    Personally, I have a very difficult time with IM. It's stressful. It completely takes away from the main joy of email - the fact that you can communicate, and also take your time, be sure that you're saying what you want to say, and reply when it's convenient, without pressure. There are a lot of comments in here that IM and text will replace email someday - this sounds like a nightmare world to me.

    And that's not even counting the fact that at least half of the emails I receive and send involve getting files back and forth.

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