Monday, July 23, 2007

Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead

It's American based research, but it's still interesting ...

'E-mail is, like, soooo dead' is the headline at News.com, where a piece looks at youth attitudes towards communication mediums. A group of teenage internet business entrepreneurs confessed that they really only use email to 'talk to adults'. Primarily, these folks are using social networks to communicate. 'More and more, social networks are playing a bigger role on the cell phone. In the last six to nine months, teens in the United States have taken to text messaging in numbers that rival usage in Europe and Asia. According to market research firm JupiterResearch, 80 percent of teens with cell phones regularly use text messaging. Catherine Cook, the 17-year-old founder and president of MyYearbook.com, was the lone teen entrepreneur who said she still uses e-mail regularly to keep up with camp friends or business relationships. Still, that usage pales in comparison to her habit of text messaging. She said she sends a thousand text messages a month.

Article summary taken from slashdot.org.

6 comments:

David said...

It's American based research, but it's still interesting ...

i think it's pretty much mirrored in australia

Steve said...

Social networking may play more of a role, but my guess is that this market will become more fragmented and more niche and culture group specific (see already the cultures in MySpace vs Bebo vs Facebook)

Therefore, I think SMS is the major method of communication in the future. It will be also interesting to see the moving of networking on mobiles, that could take off as well

David said...

good call on sms.

but i do wonder how these social networking sites will start integrating more and more with mobile phones. if i lived in sydney - i'd easily be able to update facebook on my phone... and i'm noticing more and more people doing that.

but sms is the bomb.

it costs me a bomb each month!

Steve said...

Hey guys

check out this youth ministry discussion here, its about freedom of Christians, as well as contextualisation

http://timschmoyer.com/2007/07/27/m
y-review-of-the-simpsons-movie/#com
ment-17134

David said...

just had a quick scan of that post on tim's site... interesting stuff...
thanks for the link

Matthew Penn said...

Here's another website that caters to youth group SMS messaging: http://www.jabbertext.com.