Tuesday, July 24, 2007

teens vs. email

Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead

Just ask a group of teen Internet entrepreneurs, who readily admit that traditional e-mail is better suited for keeping up professional relationships or communicating with adults...

"It's a problem for teens--you're like losing out on some of your friends if you choose just one (social network)."

What do you think? Will teen grow out of social networking and embrace email as adults? Or will something new replace it?

1 comment:

Sarah at Brier said...

I saw this article too and found it intriguing. I have to admit it is much more fun to IM somebody or leave a message for them at a site than email. Social networking sites, and even blogs to some extent, provide you with an online "apartment" where people can drop by or leave a message. My only real complaint is the "loudness" of MySpace and its ads (is there a visually cleaner social networking site?). I agree with the author that things will be best when someone devises a social network site where you can pull all your contacts together.

As for teens and texting, I've read some research that said US teens lag in usage behind other countries such as Japan and England. One consideration is space. Most US teens have way more space and can take their phone somewhere private and talk instead of bothering to type. In other places where living space is more cramped, texting offers privacy from nosy parents and siblings.