What Do Teens Really Think Of Email?
Is email dead?
It’s a question that comes up a lot, and most people would argue that email is going strong.
But what do teens think? They’re the up-and-coming generation, and their habits may influence future trends in communication, so we should know where email fits into that.
Earlier this year, we offered a scholarship to the high school or undergraduate college student who best described what they think will happen to email now that so many other messaging technologies exist.
What you’ll see may surprise you.
Teens’ Take On Email
We gathered data from the applicants to put together a visual of what email’s future looks like according to Gen Y:
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As you can see, nearly half of respondents (44%) believe that email will live on. Only 15% think email is dead or dying; however, many are unsure of its future.
What This Means
Most of the students (57%) agreed that email is good for business communication. Others pointed out that an email address is required for many sites, and that social media and email pair well together to cover informal and formal communication needs.
The majority of those who believe email is dying say that email is not fast enough, and isn’t mobile. They don’t realize that phones can handle email alerts along with Facebook updates. This misconception may stem from the fact that the majority of smartphone users are not in high school.
Many students only took their current use of email into account when responding, and didn’t discuss the possibility of future use. However, some did mention that email is currently important for business and professional communications.
What Do You Think?
While it appears email will continue to utilized for now, a good percentage of teens think it will eventually die.
Is it because they aren’t looking at the big picture yet, or is it really only a matter of time?
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