Remember the old Timex advertising tagline “Timex takes a licking but keeps on ticking!”? It’s one of the iconic advertising slogans that will probably be a part of the American pop culture lexicon for a long time to come.
Well, that same implied toughness about a Timex watch can now be applied to e-mail as a communications device. There are many people who think that it’s time to drive the final nail in this communication tool’s coffin. That nail is supposedly being driven by social media in general.
Based on these findings the more active you are in social media the more often you check your e-mail. Seems to make sense to me. I know I check my e-mail to much and I am trying to wean myself back off the habit a bit.
Mobile only adds more opportunity to stay connected.
What is likely to happen is that the usage of e-mail for personal communication will fade. Social networks are replacing that function very well and as younger generations who are less likely to use e-mail get older the trend should continue. The numbers displayed above may look very different in 5 or 10 years.
Where e-mail proponents should feel pretty secure is in the commercial realm. Social media will have a very difficult time uprooting e-mail in the business world mainly because e-mail is easier to track and is part of the new paper and communication trail that business needs to keep itself organized and protect itself as well.
Any over the top proclamations about the death of e-mail as a whole are just people taking advantage of the Internet’s ability to let a shrill voice get some attention for a short period of time. Any thinking person will see that e-mail will likely have it’s place for a long time to come. That place may look different and may even be a little smaller but it will remain important for sure.