now students avoid e-mail because it is “too slow compared to texting.”
“E-mail has never really been a fun thing to use,” said Ms. Judge, 19. “It’s always like, ‘This is something you have to do.’ School is a boring thing. E-mail is a boring thing. It goes together.”
“I never know what to say in the subject line and how to address the person,” Ms. Carver said. “Is it mister or professor and comma and return, and do I have to capitalize and use full sentences? By the time I do all that I could have an answer by text if I could text them.”
Canvas, a two-year-old learning management system used by Brown University, among others, allows students to choose how to receive messages like “The reading assignment has been changed to Chapter 2.” The options: e-mail, text, Facebook and Twitter. According to company figures, 98 percent chose e-mail.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Your co-worker's concern may be valid. Until very shortly ago, my Verizon plan charged 20¢ per text; whereas an "iText" (as you call it) was free.
I just bought a couple of iPhone 5S phones and changed to a new plan that has a decent number of free texts. But before that, like your coworker, I wouldn't text anyone not on an iPhone 'cause I didn't want to pay for it.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Yeah, I get the joke. But I can get his not getting it.
fred rosenberger wrote:My nephew, who graduated college this past may, told me years ago that "email is for old people".
Bear Bibeault wrote:Chill, dude. You're the one who said "joke".
Ulf Dittmer wrote: b) use data communication instead of phone communication, thus being essentially free if one has a data flat rate.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Phone "requires" an immediate reply as does text.