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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    Riprap, 15 Nov 2007 @ 5:20am

    popular doesn't mean useful

    Just because something is described as *popular* doesn't mean that it is more vital or useful than other technologies. Doritos are more popular with kids than veggies, but try as they might, they can't live on them (for long).

    IM, Twitter, etc are popular, sure. But email is the foundation and core of online communications.

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