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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    Anon, 15 Nov 2007 @ 2:57am

    It's like Casettes

    Casettes are a very old technology now, and have been surpassed by many other forms of listening to music on the go, though they still remain in use and are still part of many players.

    Even if kids move onto these different forms of communication, eMail isn't going anywhere because it was there in the beginning, and is just as integral - if not more so - now than ever.

    Plus, eMail has stayed extremely populsar, while these other forms come and go. They may hold interest for some time, but they don't seem to be removing anything from eMails, just adding to communications as a whole.

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