It's 2014. Are we there yet?

Kapil Aggarwal kappu at
Fri Apr 11 21:08:24 CEST 2014

Sure. But I think that age group is not the intended target audience for
secure communications. 

The target audience that does want to (potentially) use secure
communications has a very large technological barrier to entry. Hence they
don't use it.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gnupg-users [mailto:gnupg-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Robert
J. Hansen
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 2:47 PM
To: gnupg-users at
Subject: Re: It's 2014. Are we there yet?

> I'll have to disagree. I think there's a growing sense of "uhhh.maybe 
> these email providers are not such a good idea after all".

In 2007-8 (the last time I taught undergrad Computer Literacy), over a third
of my students only used email for university business (like submitting
papers to me) and talking to their older relatives.  Among their own age
bracket, most communication was done through Facebook.
(Today it's more Instagram and Snapchat and the percentage is approaching
50%, according to my friends who are still teaching.)

But yes, email really is on the way out as a communications medium.  The
younger generation sees it as an antiquated technology.  I suspect in
another 20 years it'll be used about as much as Gopher is today.

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