It's 2014. Are we there yet?

Charles Spitzer cspitzer at
Fri Apr 11 21:14:41 CEST 2014

It's happening even faster. My kids, in their mid to late 30s, don't use email at all. It's all quick, instant gratification type communications, like texts or their internet-type ilk. Almost none of their friends uses email anymore.

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From: Gnupg-users [mailto:gnupg-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Robert J. Hansen
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:47 AM
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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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