I think e-mail is on its way out, and it’s really no big surprise. Much as the postal service has been complaining about declining use, I think e-mail is going the same way.
Granted, not everyone has a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr/YouTube account for communicating with people, but the numbers I’m sure are on the rise, and it’s not a pretty sight. Nowadays, it seems more commonplace to just launch your views online for all to see rather than having discreet conversations with people directly. I know it would be better to be able to always have face-to-face conversations, but with our world getting wider and wider, it’s just becoming less commonplace unless you and your closest friends never leave the city you first met, and that my friends, is not too likely unless you are a bunch of hermits wanting to start a colony.
Oh wait……….I think some people actually DO that.
I think another reason why e-mail is on the decline is that people don’t check their e-mail near as much as their social media counterparts. After all, it’s easier to follow someone on Twitter than wait for a lengthy e-mail to come through to them (providing it’s not blocked for spam or otherwise filtered). People get notifications for just about anything, so it’s easy to ignore most of what is out there unless you are really hung up on getting an immediate response from whoever you sent the message to in the first place (and yes, there are a staggering number of you who fit that category).
Now granted, I like to share my experiences, which is why I have as many different accounts as I do, because some host pictures much better, and some are better at posting little thoughts on the fly than others, but it all boils down to user preference – yet in amongst those options, e-mail seems to be becoming less and less of an option because………why? It’s less CONVENIENT.
There is that word again in our day and age – CONVENIENT.
What does that mean nowadays? Everything needs to be right there and right now. It’s not anyone’s specific fault – this is what we’re being taught to be a societal norm these days! If you have to wait more than 10 minutes for a response on a message, you get impatient. If you have to wait more than a week to get a mail order, you get impatient. Why is that? Are we all victims of Short-Attention-Span Syndrome? To me, it would seem so! Why wait for a DVD to be shipped to you when you can just push a button and WHAM! You have instant entertainment! You don’t want to go to the store to get a game? Just download it! For me, I’d rather have a game on a physical disc than download it and take the chance on someday your purchase disappearing if the store you downloaded it from decided to stop having it for sale online. Yes, I have seen this happen before first-hand. Heck……..I still have older versions of the Star Wars Trilogy on laserdisc because it was the only way of getting the original version in a digital format (and yes, I know there was a DVD, but it was a transfer off of a……….ta-dahhhhhhhhh! LaserDisc!). Yes……I am a museum of "outdated" technology.
I guess e-mail will someday join that list of things that are "outdated", but hopefully not TOO soon. I still like occasionally sending stuff to just one person that does not go through a social media network.