Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) : Daily News in English About Korea: "New Forms of Online Communication Spell End of Email Era in Korea

excerpt: The email era is coming to an end because replacement communication means such as Internet messengers, mini-homepages (dubbed 'one-man media'), and SMS are wielding their power. As a consequence, the stronghold of email, once the favorite of the Internet, is being shaken from its roots."
Korea may be the leader in this change. I don't see evidence of it in the USA, though I haven't seen any serious studies that have looked at it. One of the primary reasons for the decline of E-mail in Korea among high school and college students is the lack of immediacy found in E-mail as compared to Instant Messaging, SMS, etc. Immediacy is a significant attribute of synchronous electronic communication. E-mail is a very asynchronous.

This will be interesting to watch. Will the demand for synchronous communication overwhelm other types of communication?