February 4, 2009
Young People Abandon Email in favor or Text Messaging
Not too long ago, social networks were the hot favorite among this age group, along with email, which was used by 89% of teennagers at that time.
The latest trend, however, is to use text messaging and instant messaging instead of email, which is now used by only 73% of teenagers.
Significantly, young adults between the ages of 18 and 32 seem to be following the reverse trend, with only 50% of them playing games online while 67% access social networks.
Surprisingly though, it was found that only 10% of those between the ages of 12 and 17 years spend time in virtual worlds, which is almost the same percentage as was found a few years ago, and hardly 2-3% of the older generation do so.
-- Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead - According to teenagers, e-mail is for business dealings. (2007)
-- E-mail is last millennium, SMS is now. - Young people see it as a good way to reach an elder — a parent, teacher or a boss — or to receive an attached file. (2006)
-- Teens turn away from e-mail - favor MySpace, IM and SMS - Statistics show that, for the first time, teen e-mail use is dropping in the -- apparently in favor of more "instant'' alternatives. (2006)
The decline of e-mail was reported in South Korea as early as 2004:
-- New Forms of Online Communication Spell End of Email Era in Korea - The perception that "email is an old and formal communication means" is rapidly spreading among them. "I use email when I send messages to elders," said a college student by the name of Park. For 22-year-old office worker Kim, "I use email only for receiving cellphone and credit card invoices." (2004)
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