I often talk about how the "gamer" generation views email as snail mail. Here is yet more proof. Tom King of Mobilemind sent me this great link to an article Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead which explains why kids don't use email.
My favorite part to the article: "Sometimes I say I e-mailed you, but I mean I Myspace'd or Facebook'ed you,"
Yes, they are creating verbs out of nouns...my former English teacher is cringing as you read this.
Over at the Pew Internet and American life project, their report Teens and Technology: Youth are Leading the Transition to a Fully Wired and Mobile Nation published in 2005. Indicates that teens are not really that into email even way back in 2005.
Email, once the cutting edge “killer app,” is losing its privileged place among many teens as they express preferences for instant messaging (IM) and text messaging as ways to connect with their friends. In focus groups, teens described their new environment. To them, email is increasingly seen as a tool for communicating with “adults” such as teachers, institutions like schools, and as a way to convey lengthy and detailed information to large groups. Meanwhile, IM is used for everyday conversations with multiple friends that range from casual to more serious and private exchanges.This just shows the power of social networks and how important it is for this generation to be wired to one another. The social network trumps almost all other forms of communication. If you are not thinking about creating a social network around topics, areas of concern or competitive advantage...you should be or your training program or academic courses are going to be...obsolete.
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