E-mail was born in 1971 and celebrated it’s 40th birthday this past year. Who would have thought that in 40 years there would be 2.9 billion e-mail accounts and that 72% of the U.S. population with e-mail would be checking it at least 6 times a day.
Somehow, I managed to miss e-mail’s birthday, so, in writing this blog I did a little research and discovered that there are people out their forecasting the quick demise of this 40 year old. They are predicting e-mail will join the fax in terms of going from widely used to rarely used. That’s where I discovered the title of this post, “E-Mail Is For Old People.” It was a comment about an article that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education. How can this be when 294 billion e-mails are sent every day. In 2009, the Radicati Group reported that 83% of all e-mails were spam. Today’s experts say 90% of e-mails received are a waste of time. Even so, that’s a lot of communication being circulated in the form of e-mails(Radicati Group Inc., Press Release: “Email Statistics 2009-2013).
If e-mail is becoming a dinosaur technology, what is taking it’s place? Twitter states there are one billion tweets a week and they average 460,000 new accounts per day (Twitter.com). Facebook has 845 million users and average 483 million users on a daily basis (facebook.com). The fastest communication growth is occurring in social media. Since you can do the same thing with Twitter that you can with e-mail, like communicate with large groups, send attachments and ensure that the pertinent information gets read. Why wouldn’t you chose this form of communication over e-mail.
So, while some of us are still scrolling thru e-mails trying to find the ones that matter, the younger versions of us are texting, tweeting and facebooking and anointing their mobile device as their significant other.
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