Kids say e-mail is way dead?

A recent article, Kids say e-mail is way dead, on ninemsn wrongly points out:

“Tech-savvy teens reared on a diet of social networking and SMS have a message for their elders — that “newfangled” invention called e-mail is boring and its role is fast becoming redundant.”

It is not becoming fast redundant at all. “Kids” have rarely used email to contact each other or organise parties in the first place.

Contacting each other has been done via IM, SMS or phone since the dawn of Gen Y. I can’t recall ever sending anyone an email. I can’t recall ever receiving an email.

Furthermore, email has never been used when it comes to parties as Gen Y has always used SMS, word of mouth or traditional party invites. What is becoming redundant is the use of SMS in this area because it is far more expensive than using social networks. Traditional party invites, however, will remain because they add that level of importance and class (and some people seem to just love making them!).

Email will remain for professional conversations, the role it mainly plays with Gen Y. There are no two ways about it.

 

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