MATT RICHTEL writes in the New York Times:
In an article in Tuesday’s Times, I wrote about the changing status of e-mail. Once it was cool to merely have an e-mail account (or several), but
many young people now think of it as old school, and much prefer the zip
of texting, instant messaging and social networks.
Indeed, a deeper look at the statistics shows just how much personal e-mail use divides along generational lines.
In the last year, time spent using e-mail sites like Yahoo and Hotmail has fallen 48 percent among 12- to 17-year-olds, according to
comScore, a market research firm. The statistics only include time spent
with e-mail on computers, so the decline may be somewhat offset by
teenagers using e-mail on their phones.
Still, the drop for that age group is far sharper than for others. ComScore found a decline of 10 percent in time spent on Web-based email
among 18- to 24-year-olds, about the same as it found for people up to
the age of 54.
But then things change sharply — and start climbing in the other
direction. The research firm found that time spent on e-mail rose 15
percent for people 55 to 64, and was up 17 percent for people 65 and