I usually consider the NYTimes to be a pretty reliable source; but, I cannot believe that there are actually students out there that are so oblivious to their email accounts. To sum this article of up, it basically talks about how students not only do not use email at all, but do not know HOW to use email.
The context of this is in the college setting and I think professors are getting soft in general about communication requirements. They can’t be expected to update all of these different platforms with the same information. It’s a waste of time when you could easily just tell students to check their damn emails. If you’re not familiar with email, get familiar with it. It is not going away.
The most disturbing part of the article is the part about how students find email too slow and prefer texting. Give me a break. Email is just as accessible now as texting and more formal, which is the appropriate thing for contacting professors and especially career-building contacts.
If nothing else, this article is pretty amusing; especially the quotes from students. 🙂