Interesting article about the disinterest of email for the younger generation:
Those of us older than 25 can’t imagine a life without e-mail. For the Facebook generation, it’s hard to imagine a life of only e-mail, much less a life before it. I can still remember the proud moment in 1996 when I sent my first e-mail from the college computer lab. It felt like sending a postcard from the future. I was getting a glimpse of how the Internet would change everything—nothing could be faster and easier than e-mail. Ten years later, e-mail is looking obsolete.
According to a 2005 Pew study, almost half of Web-using teenagers prefer to chat with friends via instant messaging rather than e-mail. Last year, comScore reported that teen e-mail use was down 8 percent, compared with a 6 percent increase in e-mailing for users of all ages. As mobile phones and sites like Twitter and Facebook have become more popular, those old Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts increasingly lie dormant.
A couple of months ago, I had to tell a student that I really didn’t check my MySpace page that often and was unaware that she’d been posting stuff to it. I then (politely) told her that the best way to contact me was via email — since I really didn’t need yet another place to go to look for messages (I’ve already got three email accounts.) Guess I shouldn’t have a MySpace page if it’s only for show.
I’ve also got a friend who seems to really like text messaging me on my cell phone. He’d love to have long conversations via text message, but lately I just ignore the text and send an email in reply. I’m so old school.