Is E-mail for “the Old?”

OK, I am a curmudgeon. It’s official. You would figure that that was a “moot point” since this is “Dr. Bill – The Computer Curmudgeon.” However, to seem “officially old” … “Yeah, sonny, I can remember waaay back when e-mail was cutting edge! We couldn’t get anyone to use it, and everybody thought I was crazy to promote it as a business tool! Why, back in that day I was known first as the ‘VAXman’, and then as ‘the Mailman’ because I pushed e-mail so hard. This was back in the late seventies and early eighties.” Well, now, kids are saying the e-mail is “so last century.”

Teens: E-mail is for old people

“Is e-mail only for the old? That’s the contention of a string of articles published in the last four months, the most recent appearing today in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle says that in a study last year, ‘teenagers preferred new technology, like instant messaging or text messaging, for talking to friends and use e-mail to communicate with ‘old people.’ The Mercury News says, ‘For those of you who have just figured out how to zap spam or manage your inbox, prepare for the bad news: E-mail is, like, so yesterday.’ And then there’s USA Today, which makes the claim that ‘E-mail is so last millennium.'”

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