Twitter Android application on a generic smartphone (hankenstein/Flickr)
Email use is declining as more users adopt social media platforms and real-time mobile-chat applications, according to Wednesday’s conversation on WBUR and NPR’s On Point.
The shift from email to newer forms of communication is the result of a consumer trend favoring real-time communication methods offered by applications like Twitter, SMS text messaging, WhatsApp and Kik.
“You see things like email — and even Facebook to some extent in terms of how it’s evolved — looking more like it’s five minutes ago, it’s 10 minutes ago,” Mashable tech editor Pete Pachal said in the interview with Tom Ashbrook. “It’s not what a lot of people demand in their communication all the time, and so they’re turning to these other, more specialized apps that serve that very specific need to communicate with people in real-time.”
Some mobile apps also lower the bar…
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