Feeds

Email? That's for old farts!

US Teens embrace IM

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

A survey of teenagers in the US has uncovered an astonishing fact: email, it seems, is for old fogeys, and best left for communicating with the near-dead, such as parents, and "institutions". So what are the hip young kids using to communicate? Instant messenger, of course.

We at El Reg are well ahead of the game on this one, having used IM for years. This news is bound to put the kiddies off, in the same way that grannies in hoodies are trying to reform the fashionably offensive yoof of today.

The survey of 1,100 teenagers, conducted by the nonprofit Pew Internet and American Life Project, found that although 90 per cent of them do use email, instant messaging is their preferred method of communicating with each other.

While adults shun IM in their droves (only 42 per cent have ever used it), three-quarters of teens are at it, most of them using the programs every day. Some even claimed to be using for more than two hours at a time. Heavy.

White kids are more likely to be online than black kids, the survey found, but in general internet use is high, with almost nine out of ten respondents confessing to a web habit. ®

Related stories

Outraged granny sues over Grand Theft Auto
UK teens fail to embrace net porn
Teenagers want computer security lessons

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise
Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.